The Unforgivable Sin and the Jews

From John 8:

48 Then the Jews answered him, “Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?”

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin. The Jews/Pharisees blasphemed the Holy Spirit in denying the origin of Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit in a Virgin . The Jews denied the Works of Christ, who cast out demons by the Holy Spirit. The Jews, seeing the Holy Spirit in Jesus life, told people it was the power of demons. That is the unforgivable sin that Jesus Christ talked about in Matthew 12:24-32)

[Jesus, speaking to the Jews:]

49 Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon, but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 But I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges. 51 Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death.”

[Jews, speaking to Jesus:]

52 Then the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?

[Jesus, speaking to the Jews:]

54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God. 55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, ‘I don’t know him,’ I would be like you, a liar. But I know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad.”

[Jews, speaking to Jesus:]

57 The Jews therefore said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?”

[Jesus, speaking to the Jews:]

58 Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.Exodus 3:14” (Jesus Christ claiming to be God.  Also see John 10:30 “I and the Father are One.”

[Jews, speaking to Jesus:]

59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him,

(The Jews very clearly understood that Jesus Christ was claiming to be one with the Father and so they sought to murder God in the flesh.  Jesus is the Incarnation (God in the Flesh). This is classical orthodox Christianity. The Judaizers inside the Christian church who deprecate the Godhood of Jesus Christ are just as guilty of the Jews of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

“For in him [Jesus Christ]  dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

Fritz Berggren, PhD
18 March 2021

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