Monday, October 3, 2022
“And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago” (Ephesians 1:13 NLT).
According to the Bible, we may insult, lie, or resist the Holy Spirit, but Jesus said that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin. But what does this mean? To blaspheme the Holy Spirit means to reject the primary work that He has come to do: to bring us to Jesus. Thus, the only unforgivable sin is the outright rejection of Jesus Christ.
Referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment” (John 16:8 NLT). Notice that Jesus used the word sin, not sins. He was speaking of sin in general. The Holy Spirit has come to show us that we’re sinners in need of a Savior.
Now, once the Holy Spirit does the work of conviction in our lives, it is up to us how we will respond to it. If the Holy Spirit makes you aware of your sinfulness, He does that not to drive you away in despair but to bring you to Jesus and to show you how you can deal with your sinfulness.
There is a way to receive forgiveness for our sins. There is a way to have a fresh start. The Holy Spirit comes to bring us to Jesus, and once we come to Jesus, He seals us.
God places the Holy Spirit in our lives as a deposit, if you will, to let us know that He is serious about His commitment to us.
Ephesians 1:13 tells us, “And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago” (NLT). The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised us.
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