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By John W. White
Hebrews 10:26-28 "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:"
Numbers 15:30-31 "But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 31. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him."
Mark 3:29 "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never [ouj emphatic not] forgiveness, but is in danger [e]nocov, liable, subject to] of eternal [aijw>n, agelasting] damnation [kri>siv, judgment in Received Text and Griesbach MMS, or aJmarth>ma, sin, in Lachmann, Tischendorf MMS. preferred by the Nestles Text]:"
Luke 12:10 "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not [ouj, emphatic not] be forgiven."
Matthew 12:32 "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not [ouj, emphatic not] be forgiven him, neither in this world [aijw>n, age, dative case], neither in the world to come [in the age the one coming, present active dative case participle]."
"BLASPHEME": This word is a transliteration of the Greek word blasfhme>w. Blaspheme means to rail, reproach, or revile. The phrase "Speaketh against" in Matthew 12:32 is used as the same expression as "Blaspheme" in Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10.
"NOT, NEVER": This is the Greek word ouj and is the emphatic not rather than the mh> which is the not used when one wants to change their mind.
"WORLD, ETERNAL": These words are translated from the Greek words o aijw>n which is singular in number and should be translated the age. This is not eternity, but a single age; which in this context is the church age. Eternity is expressed in Galatians 1:5 "To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." The word "Ever" in Galatians 1:5 is translated from the same Greek word as "World" and "Eternal" but is plural in number. The literal translation of "Ever and ever" is "Unto the ages from the ages." Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven for two ages, the church age and the millennial age. The lost are those who will not be forgiven unto the ages from the ages.
"TO COME": This word is a present active singular participle. This phrase is referring to the age that is coming after the church age. The age that is coming is the seventh day or the millennial age.
"ETERNAL DAMNATION": This is an interesting phrase. The word eternal [aijw>n]is an adjective describing the "Damnation" and the phrase could be translated "Agelasting damnation." The word "Damnation" comes from the word "kri>vis" which is the word for "Judgment" in the Received Text and Griesbach Text. The word used in the Lachmann Text, and the Tischendorf Text is aJmarth>ma, which is the word for "Sin" and is the preferred word in the Nestles Text. The phrase "Agelasting judgment" would become "Agelasting sin."
John 14:26 "But the Comforter [para>klhsiv] which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
OUR COMFORTER: The word "Comforter" is a compound word made up by the word "para>" which means "beside;" and "kale>w" which means "to call." The verb form of para>klhsiv is translated "to Exhort." The Holy Spirit is one who is along side calling and exhorting us according to the will of God.
OUR TEACHER: The teaching method of the Holy Spirit is found in Isaiah 28:9-10 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"
OUR REPROVER: John 16:8 "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:"
OUR GUIDE: John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come."
"ALL TRUTH": This seems to a reference to the milk of the word. He feed the babes in Christ as well as the mature. Hebrews 5:13-14 "For every one that useth milk ..: for he is a babe. 14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,..."
"HE WILL SHOW YOU": The expression "Things to come" is a reference to the blessing of the birthright and our inheritance. Hebrews 9:11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, ..." Jesus Christ is the testator or his own will, verse 16. Hebrews 11:20 "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come."
HE WILL GLORIFY THE LORD: John 16:14 "He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you." (things to come).
OUR INTERCESSOR: Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
INSPIRATION: 2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
Numbers 12:1-2 "And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses ..." Miriam's name is first which implies that Miriam was the one who led Aaron astray. Miriam is in type a false teacher as in Revelation 2:20 "... thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants..." Numbers 12:2 "And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it." Numbers 12:9-10 "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; ... 10.... and, behold, Miriam became leprous,..." As long as a person was leprous, they were unclean and could not come into the camp. Numbers 12:6-8 "And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7. My servant Moses is not so, ... 8. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" What the Holy Spirit hears from God He speaks. The Holy Spirit does not get what He hears from God by dreams and visions, but mouth to mouth. To speak against the Holy Spirit is as the sin of leprosy. Numbers 12:11 "And Aaron said unto Moses, .... I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned." Aaron prayed in verse 12 "Let her not be as one dead." and then in Numbers 12:13 "And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee."
Numbers 12:14-15 "And the LORD said unto Moses, ...should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 15. And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: ..." Miriam was healed of leprosy but was unclean and shut out of the camp for seven days. This is in type what will happen to those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit. They will not have an entrance into the coming kingdom of our Lord. They will not be kings and priests, but shut out until there is a new heaven and a new earth after the seventh day, the millennium. Deuteronomy 24:9 "Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam ..." Luke 17:32 "Remember Lot's wife." This is a warning to those who are saved and part of the family of God. Miriam and Lot's wife were both saved and suffered loss under the judgment of God.
One way the church blasphemes the Holy Spirit is to make the Word of God ineffective by traditions which take priority over the Word of God. Matthew 15:1-3 "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2. Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? ... 3. ...and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" Matthew 15:6 "... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." Those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit say in essence, that the Holy Spirit does not have the last word as to our faith and practice. I believe these can be and are saved. They are very bold as in Romans 1:25 "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, ...." When this begins to happen, then God will not let them return again to the truth and then they will begin to believe the lie as the truth. Romans 1:28 "And even as they did not like to retain [e]cw present active infinitive, having] God in their knowledge [ejpi>gnwsiv, high knowledge that only the saved can have], God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient [fitting];"
FALSE TEACHERS: 2 Peter 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." Paul said this would happen in the church in Ephesus in Acts 20:29-30 "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
FABLES: 1 Timothy 1:4, 6-7 "Neither give heed to fables ... some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7. Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm." There will come a time when those in the churches will not endure sound doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
TRADITION: Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, ..." Colossians 2:18-22 "Let no man beguile you of your reward ..., intruding into those things which he hath not seen,..."
Those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit and change the truth of God into a lie will not be forgiven in this church age nor in the coming millennial age. James 3:1 "My brethren, be not many masters [teachers], knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." There are many teachers 2 Peter 3:16 "... that are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist], as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." Proverbs 13:13 "Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that fearth the commandment shall be rewarded."
BEWARE: 2 Peter 3:17 "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." May we be as those in Acts 4:31 "And when they had prayed, ... they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
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