Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 3, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Speaking against the Holy Spirit
"Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder
his property, without first tying up the strong man?
Then indeed the house can be plundered. Whoever is
not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather
with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will
be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy
against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever
speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be
forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
Ask many questions while reading sacred words. Our
answers may be revealing and transforming. When I
read these verses, I find myself wondering if I am
with Jesus or against him. Am I serving him or serving
myself? What is this unpardonable sin against the Holy
Spirit? Do I have it in my own life? Could I be in
spiritual danger? Other gospel writers mention this
confusing sin (Mark 3:28-29; Luke 12:10), but what does
it mean for my time in world history? Jesus spoke in
the first century. Are these words still culturally
relevant? I believe they are timeless. The challenge
is to interpret them with cultural relevance for each
Have we ever spoken against the Holy Spirit of God?
F. F. Bruce notes that literature abounds with stories
about people who commit "the unpardonable sin." He
suggests we read these passages with care. Matthew's
Gospel seems to imply that unforgivable sin is to
deliberately shut one's eyes to the light and to call
good evil. But quite honestly, many Biblical scholars
are in disagreement about what this actually means.
If they are in disagreement, what hope do we have for
understanding the message?
Living without full understanding can actually create
a healthy tension for growing moments of introspection
and reflection. A helpful spiritual practice is when
in doubt, stay with the passages or parts that are
clearly understood. Revelation is progressive and
some answers may not be fully understood this side
With this said, it is clear that we are to identify
with Jesus while living on this earth. If our spiritual
anchors are set deep in the foundation of Christ, clear
answers will come in God's time and ways. We are all
works of grace in progress. Be patient! God is not
finished with us yet. I am confident that all who
chose to identify with Jesus have nothing to worry
about with this passage.
God, I do not have all the answers I would like to
have with these verses. But I clearly understand I
am for Jesus. Help me live in such a way that this
is clear. Forgive the sin in my life and help me not
blaspheme against your Spirit. Amen.
God, hear our prayers. Help our unbelief. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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