A post from The Formational Pastor
For June 10, 2012 (Proper 5 / Second Sunday after Pentecost)
The against the Holy Spirit is said by Jesus to be the one sin that is unforgivable. But why?
The classic answer is that it involves stubborn and persistent resistance to the work of the Holy Spirit, resulting in terminal unbelief for the individual. But that’s only one aspect of this sin. There are at least two more, which we might infer from the rest of the story.
Aspect #2: Imagine you are one of the crowd sitting around Jesus, hearing this exchange. Imagine you are someone from whom He has cast out demons – maybe Mary Magdalene, from whom He cast out seven demons. Your life has been turned upside down – you’ve been totally transformed – and now all you want to do is to follow this Jesus and devote everything you are and have to Him in love. Now there come some people from Jerusalem and say to you, in effect, “The demons you had were like some gang of local punks, but this Jesus is the head of a ruthless cartel.” Would that shake your faith foundation? Would that cause you to doubt or wonder? Whether it would or not, that kind of tactic from those men has no other purpose than to undermine your faith in Jesus, and that is part two of the sin against the Holy Spirit who has been working hard to strengthen that faith day by day. Empowered living, lies and distortions, re-wounding
Aspect #3: The fact that Jesus begins His response to these men by saying “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” means that He views this not simply as an issue of personal faith, but ultimately as an issue involving the clash of the Kingdom of Heaven with the kingdom of Satan.