|Can the Sin against the Holy Spirit be committed to-day?|
Can the Sin against the Holy Spirit be committed to-day?
The possibility would seem greater in the present day than in the days of Christ, as the Holy Spirit is now in Person on the earth. This sin seems to be a deliberate ascription, not necessarily aloud, but perhaps in the heart, to Satan of the Spirit’s work. For those who refused the Lord Jesus, as Messiah there was forgiveness, as witness the early chapters of the Acts. But when once the apostolic testimony to a risen Christ by the Holy Ghost was definitely and nationally refused, we hear no longer of such mass conversions, and the blessing moved more and more from Jerusalem to the Gentiles, though the grace of God lingered over the beloved city, as the glory had done in the time of Ezekiel. There may be a point in the experience of many, when they finally resolve to refuse Christ and probably never experience the Spirit’s drawing again. They will henceforward believe any lie, but the truth, never.
Such individual apostacy will become the mass movement of the very last days. They Will believe the lie, and take the mark of the Beast and their eternal doom will be finally sealed. This is apostacy, from which there is no recovery, a.giving up of Christianity, sometimes, as one hears to-day, for Mohammedaflism, Buddism, Hinduism, Spiritism or what not. One thing, however, is, I believe, certain, that such apostacy is never marked by a fear of having apostatised. That is not the sign of apostacy, but rather the belief that the truth has at last been found.
Where a poor soul dreads having committed the unpardonable sin, and still desires to be saved, there is no apostacy, and no doubt there is still mercy in the heart of God to such an one, and a full offer of salvation by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Let such an one come to Christ and he or she will not be cast out.
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