Say not Moron
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
The word 'blasphemy' (in Greek 'blasphemos') means 'to hurt the fame / glory' of a person, this word is more associated with God because all glory belongs to God. For the Jews anyone blaspheming God or Moses would be stoned to death; for them Moses was a god (like a god) similar to Mary being a god (like a god) for the Catholics. In both these cases the latter is greater than the former that is why in Acts 6:11 the name Moses precedes God and Mary takes a greater place than Christ / God.
Speaking against a person is not a serious offence but speaking against the spirit in a person can be a very serious offence, even worse than murder.
We read in today's message some of the Jews accused Jesus to be possessed with an evil spirit, and through the power of that spirit was able to do great things, similar to a sorcerer. But Jesus being Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit therefore they were speaking evil against the Holy Spirit.
If one understands the relationship between God and His Spirit one would know why God does not takes that much offence when someone speaks against Him but does so when someone speaks against His Spirit. Paul puts their relationship like a relationship between a husband and his wife (Christ and His bride). But God being Spirit (having no human gender) cannot be pictured as a couple, as humans. The difficult part is to understand Spirit (God) having a Spirit (Holy Spirit), this can be simplified by understanding soul and spirit in man. Our soul which a spiritual is as much a living and growing part of us as our spirit is.
God the Son (came as man Jesus / also the term son does not means like human son who is produced) was part of God (therefore existed from the beginning and not created) and when He was declared He had the same Spirit of the Father (since He came from the Father). That is why speaking against the Father or Son would be forgiven but against their Spirit would not be forgiven.
It is not just speaking against the Spirit of the Father or Son that is a serious offence, even speaking against the spirit of a brother/sister in Christ (brethren) would amount to the same. In Matthew 5:22 Jesus highlights this fact. The Greek word 'Racca' means a person without a spirit and using such a term would amount to speaking against God's Word for His Word says He created all living being (animals and humans) with a spirit. But that does not mean animals die and go to Heaven. Only those who have the image of God in them (Sons of God) go to Heaven. Spirit of animals and even humans who are not baptized in Christ and the Holy Spirit do not go to Heaven. The spirits of animals perish along with their earthly bodies but the spirit of man is judged and those without (pursuing) the image of God will be punished.
The other word translated as 'thou fool' is the Greek word 'Moros' (from which we get the word Moron). This word does not mean a foolish person, Jesus also called people fools. This word means a person having an evil / unknown / mysterious spirit. If this word is used against a person not a child of God would not cause harm to the accuser, but if it is used against child of God especially any Believer (the others being yet a lost sheep) would amount to speaking against the Holy Spirit, for every person baptized in the Holy Spirit receives the Holy Spirit (a token). Such a person could make mistakes for he or she is growing in the Holy Spirit therefore we cannot look at their mistakes and judge them to have an evil spirit. Only Jesus as man had the complete of the Holy Spirit (in form not quantity) but with us we are growing in the Spirit and even the most anointed amongst us is very far from being compared to Jesus (in growth of the Holy Spirit - this what the Bible says and not my personal view for only at the end will 2 humans be full of the Holy Spirit and that will end the journey of man and this creation).
We need to understand how important the Holy Spirit is in the salvation of man in this creation, for the price that Jesus paid as a sacrificial Lamb of God was to make is possible for man to receive the Holy Spirit. Even in Heaven which is a spirit place, everything is connected to the Holy Spirit. There is no gold and jewels as we see on earth but things associated with the Holy Spirit. The earthly things allow us to understand these hidden things.
Therefore let us be careful when we speak against the spirit of any person especially against a Believer. It is better for our lives to be shut up than to speak such things.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, there are times out of lack of knowledge and weak in our emotions we have spoken against your Spirit. We ask You Lord to forgive us and we believe You do for your Word shows You forgive those who sin out of ignorance even in such cases. Also we pray Lord that we learn to hold our tongues, our thinking even in the times when our emotions run out of control, so that we do not lose all out of foolishness...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Matthew 5:22 - but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool [Moros], shall be in danger of the hell of fire.
9 But there arose certain of them that were of the synagogue called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
3 And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if any man desireth to hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man shall desire to hurt them, in this manner must he be killed.
6 These have the power to shut the heaven, that it rain not during the days of their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they shall desire.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 And from among the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations do men look upon their dead bodies three days and a half, and suffer not their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10 And they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.
11 And after the three days and a half the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that beheld them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they went up into heaven in the cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
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