Today’s Devotional – November 17th (The Unpardonable Sin)

By admin On November 11th, 2013

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NOVEMBER 17TH

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THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

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‘Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Old_Man_in_Sorrow_(On_the_Threshold_of_Eternity).jpgmen: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” Matthew 12:31

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The above verse presents a most fearful concept which has plagued many serious-minded church-goers over the centuries since it was first penned in Matthew’s Gospel. And upon first examination, it would appear that merely saying something evil about the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin. No forgiveness for those who speak a word against the Holy Spirit!

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Vincent van Gogh – Old Man in Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity) – Wikipedia US Public Domain

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JOHN BUNYAN

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In the book “Grace Abounding To The Chief of Sinners”, author, John Bunyan was plagued by Satan over this issue. Prior to Bunyan’s full conversion, the Devil was playing games with Bunyan, tempting him over and over with the thought to sell out Christ. The Devil put the thought within him… “Sell Christ for this, or sell Christ for that; sell Him, sell Him, sell Him.”

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John Bunyan by Thomas Sadler – 1684 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MANY ARE LIKE BUNYAN

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Well, Satan laid a trap for Bunyan, and Bunyan fell into it. And, after much prodding by Satan, Bunyan finally whispered, “Let Him (Christ) go if He will.”

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And from that moment on, Satan used it for an opportunity to plague poor Bunyan for several years, making him to doubt that he could ever find forgiveness! 

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Christian and Apollyon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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DOCTRINE NOT FORMED BY 1 VERSE!

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But Bunyan was not alone. Many serious-minded Christians have likewise fallen into this same devilish plague! And Satan mercilessly plagues them that they have committed the unpardonable sin!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpg

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But for those who persevere in God’s Word, they eventually discover that this passage from Matthew needs to be compared with other similar passages, in order to be correctly understood.

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In other words, you cannot make a complete doctrine out of one verse. The Bible must be interpreted by the Bible, in order to understand any truth.

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So the Bible student has his (or her) work ahead…to make a diligent and complete search of Scripture, each and every day, to properly understand such difficult concepts, as this.

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PRESUMPTUOUSNESS & THE GREAT TRANSGRESSION!

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But there is a much bigger issue here! And it has to do with the different attitudes of Believers and “Make-Believers”! It has to do with the presumptuous spirit of many church-goers!

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In other words, we shouldn’t think of those self-distrusting ones, like Bunyan, as though they are ignorant or less than what they should be!

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No, rather these are quite often in a much better place with God, than those of us who are confident about our standing with Heaven!

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(This painting is of two different attitudes so often seen among God’s professed followers: the proud, self-confident Pharisee and the humble, self-distrusting Publican. see Luke 18:9-14)

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Listen to this next little section…

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Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

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THE SHEEP: UNPRESUMPTUOUS SELF-DISTRUST

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The Parable of the Sheep & Goats gives some insight concerning this idea of the unforgiveable sin. Notice that the sheep were very unsure of themselves, when confronted by Christ… “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?” Matthew 25:37-39.

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Here is seen the humble self-distrusting UN-presumptuous attitude of True-Worshippers. God had already driven out their presumptuous pride, leaving them as meek as the man, Moses (see Num. 12:3). And in their humility, they only see their own unworthiness and un-Christlikeness!

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GOATS: PRESUMPTUOUS & SELF-ASSURED

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But this parable reveals the presumptuous attitude of the goats, having just the opposite attitude of the sheep. Listen… “Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” Matthew 25:44, 45.

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Notice that in this hasty response, the goats were surprised that they had been accused by Jesus. “When did we not do this? When did we not do that?”

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Now this presumptuous attitude reminds us of Psalm 19, in which David prays the following… “Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults. Keep back Thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Psalm 19:12, 13.

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Yes, as this above passage reveals, there are many who go on in their unconverted lives, thinking that they are a “shoe-in” for Heaven!

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Notice in this not-so-funny cartoon, that this man is thinking he is in Heaven! But truth-be-told, this man is deceived by Satan and his minions, and in reality, is actually in the darkness of Hell!

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SELF-DISTRUSTING ONES!

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“Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults. Keep back Thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Psalm 19:12, 13.

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But for those who are grieving for their sin, and fearful for their Salvation, Psalm 19:12, 13 brings much comfort! And so, upon reading such passages as this one, that genuine truth-seeker can at last breathe a sigh of relief, finally realizing that the unpardonable sin is not committed by a mere slip of the tongue!  

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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“EXAMINE YOURSELVES”

2nd Cor. 13:5

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“Be not high-minded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Romans 11:20-22

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Now the big point to all this is that the attitude of the sheep was one of self-distrust, while the goats displayed presumptuousness and self-confidence about their Salvation in the Day of Judgment.

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And so, as we now stand on the threshold of Judgment Day, it is imperative that we urgently take account of ourselves, so that we do not end up in a bankrupt spiritual condition on Judgment Day, only to hear the words… “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

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There is nothing better than to have a regular, daily, prayer regimen and Bible study. No, this daily prayer/Bible-study regimen is not the “end-all, cure-all” solution to our problems, but is certainly a very good place to start!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Take away all my presumptuousness. Make me to fear and tremble before Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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You may wish to read this article…“March 3rd (Who Lowered the Bar? Pt. 1)“, or you can read this…“May 29th (The Unforgiveable Sin!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION THE JUDGE

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“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe… Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:13, 14

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The above passage from that fiery prophecy of Joel, and speaks of the Judgment of God in terms of a wheat harvest. And now Signs Of Heaven is revealing the most amazing of all constellations: Orion. One great reason that Orion is so amazing is that the Constellation Orion can be seen in five different ways:

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1. Orion the Archer.

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2. Orion the Reaper.

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.Orion Constellation and Dragon Constellation

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3. Orion the Soldier.

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4. The Cross of Orion.

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5. Orion, the Good Shepherd

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ORION THE REAPER

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Orion the Reaper is the office of Christ which will be dealt with in this article. And if the Reader has read the introduction article called Orion the Reaper, then it is understood that these first four offices of Orion seem to correspond to the four horsemen of Revelation Ch. 6. And of the first four Orion’s, this Reaper corresponds best to the 3rd Horseman in Revelation Ch. 6; the Horseman that depicts “Judgment”.

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Orion the Reaper is not only encrypted in Revelation Ch. 6, but more directly spoken of in Revelation Ch. 14… “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” Rev. 14:14. So this constellation is connected to Revelation in a number of ways.

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For a more in-depth discussion of this subject, just click here… “The Orion Phenomena”

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TOMORROW: NOVEMBER 18th

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