And what is exactly a sin against the Holy spirit which cannot be forgiven?
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Because sinning against the the holy spirit which is God's active force, by which he uses to accomplish His will, is denying the operation of it in a person's life, just as the wicked religious leaders of Jesus day did.
Hi barrier, I haven't read where scholars struggle over it. People who don't study the Word are not able to put it in context. The passage should not be lifted out and addressed. The Scriptures before provide the setting. out of space :-(
God's eternal decree did not include everyone's salvation; Christ died for His sheep only. The Scriptures are sufficiently clear in most places; however, only the Spirit can open the mind so that we can believe. The "wise" regard Scripture as folly
scripture is not difficult to understand, the difficult part is accepting the blood of Christ as payment for your sin, when you dont think you are a sinner and then submitting to the Holy Spirit to give you the understanding of scripture
I agree with the other comments. God did not make the scriptures difficult, we just need to open our minds to the holy spirit.
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WHAT??? we are not the Holy Spirit , we are to submit to, learn from and follow Him.
The Holy Spirit is another divine entity of God meant to teach, comfort and inspire us. We listen to him and not to our 'true self'. A person with a 'true self' as you said is someone who actually listens to the Holy Spirit.
It's a dangerous thing to concoct doctrine apart from Scripture. The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus. Being foolhardy is not unforgivable. Jesus is not merely a historic figure, rejecting the Holy Spirit's reveal of this is unforgivable.
Jesus is not "something"; He is a Someone. If you end up in Heaven, it will be because you come to know Him as your Savior. He claimed to be God in human form. The Spirit is not an "it"; He is the third Person of the Trinity. Please read the Bible.
What if I'm not a Christian? The Holy Spirit makes it self known too all. Sorry if you do not understand that.
I thought I responded to this. The Holy Spirit makes itself known to all ... therefore if you ignore the Holy Spirit that is unforgivable. I'm not concocting anything.
I also have the most read Bible of anyone I know.
If the Holy Spirit makes Himself known to all then all would come to Jesus and be Christian. What you are saying is God forgives rape and murder and all - except foolhardiness. It has nothing to do with Jesus being past and the holy Spirit here now.
I am afraid you are the one who does not understand the theology of the Holy Spirit. Again, He is not an "it," an impersonal force; He is a Person in the Godhead. Without the Spirit's enablement, you will never understand the Bible's message.
MickeySr.....I answered the question posted and stand by that answer. What you are asking now has nothing to do with Matt 12:31 an therefore isn't relevant to this conversation.
I do know that the Holy Spirit was sent after Jesus left, to comfort and teach us, and also to make us bold (evident in the apostles after the Pentecost) But he doesn't just manifest to everyone, only real children of God, who believe in God.
Speaking in languages unknown to the believer was a gift of the Spirit in the early Church. After the canon of Scripture was completed, the Church no longer needed this sign gift. What people speak today is gibberish, not a known language. I'm sorry.
1 Cor 13 was written before 1 Cor 14. God's gifts are irrevocable. He doesn't give them to take them away. "That which is perfect is come" (1 Cor 13:10) is speaking of Him, our Lord Jesus, whom we will see face-to-face. Phil 1:6
God isn't giving the gift of apostleship today; apostles had to be eyewitnesses of the Resurrection. He is not giving the gift of prophecy today in the sense of predicting the future and proclaiming new revelation, because we have a completed canon.
glynch1, it drives me nuts when people call themselves apostles.
If those who call themselves apostles would only read the Scriptures, they would see that they do not qualify. But alas! Scripture is the last thing that concerns them (or so it seems).
glynch it is clear you have had more than your share of the kool aid. there is nothing in the new covenant that has passed away yet.
I do not drink Kool-Aid; I do not even like it. Why so caustic?. You have read my other hubs; you know I do not swallow the latest theological fads. God will fulfill the New Covenant with Israel in the future. Do you see apostles and prophets today?
1 Cor 14:39 "Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues."
Yes. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, it would have been wrong to forbid anyone from exercising this gift. God used it as a sign to provoke the Jews to consider the gospel as truth. However, the gift ceased after the NT was completed.
glynch1 - to say 'that which is perfect' is the canon is opinion. What is in part will be complete when we see Jesus face-to-face (1 Cor 13:12). Ch 14 was written after 13. God's gifts are irrevocable (they do not cease) - Rom 11:29.
If you examine the context of Romans 11, Paul is not referring to spiritual gifts here, but to God's election of Israel as His people.
That is not true, glynch1. The context of Rom 11 shows that the natural branches can be cut off and must not continue in their disbelief to be grafted in again. Rom 11:29 and 1 Cor 12:31 = charismata (gifts of the Spirit). You are obviously blind.
God will fulfill His covenants with Israel when Christ returns. Charismata here speak of the privileges Israel had as God's people (Romans 9:4,5). Tongues have ceased of themselves (1 Cor. 13:8). There is no reason for you to launch personal attacks.
I do agree with Judah's daughter that God's gifts are irrevocable and practical to all generations. The thing is, most people misuse it, while others do not know how to use it.