Whenever the Holy Spirit of God is present, there is also an atmosphere of freedom. The Word shares this truth with us:
. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (Joh 8:32 NASB)
If you read John 8:30-34, you’ll see that Jesus is speaking and is talking about the fact that His disciples follow and obey His teachings. The Jews who believed in Jesus, responded by saying that they were Abraham’s descendants and had never been anyone’s’ slaves. Jesus explained that anyone who sins is a slave of SIN.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Cor 3:17 NRSV)
Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is present and moving, there is also liberty, free will, and openness. Glory to God!
For the Spirit’s law of life in the Messiah Jesus has set me free from the Law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2 ISV)
Praise God, Romans 8 reminds us that every person who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior has been set free from the Law of sin and death. We are no longer slaves to sin, wickedness, and immorality. Let us meditate upon this wonderful blessing and benefit of our salvation, and praise the Lord most High!
As believers in Jesus, we should be careful at all times with our words. We want to be especially vigilant that we do not speak any words that could be misconstrued as criticizing the Holy Spirit of God. Let’s see what the Bible says about this:
Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (Mt 12:32 NIV, underscoring added)
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven, but is guilty of eternal sin. (Mk 3:29 ISV, underscoring added)
And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Lk 12:10 MEV)
One commentator says this:
“Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is willful, wide-eyed slandering of the work of the Spirit, attributing to the devil what was undeniably divine. These people had seen as clearly as anyone could see and understood as lucidly as anyone could understand that Jesus performed his miracles by the power of the Spirit.”
That is a clear explanation of what the Bible is referring to when it describes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. No one who is a follower of Jesus Christ and a servant of the Most high God would ever want to transgress against the Lord in this way.
Sometimes, it’s just good to remind ourselves of some of these basic ideas so that we can renew our vigilance in these areas. God bless you.