Open or Closed

Hi and good morning

After an early start this morning again, I thought I would sit back, have a break and consider our Sunday service where we were considering God and in particular His Spirit.

It was really good to hear from a humble man talking about how God had so changed his life again and again and it was a real testament as to how God though His spirit can work in a human life so effectively.

I then went to Luke’s Gospel chapter 12 verses 8 to 10 and read this:

“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. (9) But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. (10) “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.

Jesus appears to contradict Himself. In Luke 12:8-9 he demands that we openly confess him without hypocrisy, but in verse 10, he says our speech against Him can be forgiven. Yet, God will not forgive speaking against the Spirit. Why? One who blasphemes God’s Spirit so thoroughly rejects its power to work in him that he refuses to submit to God. Too proud and rebellious to repent, he cannot be forgiven. A true Christian, though, constantly depends on the Spirit to reflect Christ’s life as much as possible.

Christ’s sacrifice for the overall forgiveness of sin and the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit applies only once for each person, and if an individual rejects God’s grace, it cannot be applied again (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-27). This is why I believe apostasy is so serious a matter and why the first-century apostles contended so fiercely against heresy. Eternal lives are at stake!

So as I as a Christian at work launch once more into the working week I will be considering if I am an open and public or closed and hidden Christian.

Have a good week everyone


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