362Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 3, 2005
- Jul 3, 2005Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 3, 2005
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Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
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 goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then
indeed he may plunder his house. He who is not with
me is against me, and he who does not gather with me
scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and
blasphemy will be forgiven you, but the blasphemy
against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever
says 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.
Grace and peace,
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