“…But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.” -Mark 3:29
The idea of unforgivable sin is so difficult to grasp and appears to be so bereft of grace. Honestly, this verse seems inconsistent with the gospel at first glance. But – let’s go deeper. Blasphemy is something irreverent toward God or sacred things. Think about reverence – what is that? It features the word revere, which speaks of respect and honor. Respecting and honoring God, as a real, serious entity and lord of one’s life, is the daily pursuit of a Christian.
This passage in Mark is about the response each person has to God. Revelation 3:20 talks about God asking for entry into each human heart: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Behold Him, seeking each one of us! How we respond to Him determines so much – acceptance is life, rejection is death. Mark 3:29 is talking about that rejection. We are called to accept God for who He is and what He says.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 says “Do not quench the Spirit.” Instead of silencing the Spirit’s presence with doubt, disobedience, and fear, let us seek to be obedient to Him. Nowadays, it is entirely too easy to be deceived by the enemy’s lies and false doctrines. So to remain in the Spirit, we must read God’s Word and meditate on it in order to cultivate discernment. Only then can we live vibrantly in obedience and communion with God!