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Thursday, April 9 2015

Psalm 133: The Unpardonable Sin

"And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ"

Humans become truly-converted Christians by means of the Holy Spirit of God when it comes to them. Christians are unified by the conception of the Holy Spirit in them (see Conceived By The Spirit Of The Father and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) - not by any man or woman "lording" it over them (see Leaders And Pushers and Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good).

True Christianity is to be about freedom from the common worldly lusts to rule over others, as the Messiah commanded in Matthew 20:25-26. The LORD is our Leader (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The Christian Ten Commandments).

"20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister" ("minister" actually means servant, not "master," or its alternate spelling, "mister").

Why? "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."

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"8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:1-11 KJV)

Once the Holy Spirit has created a converted Christian, the knowing and deliberate rejection of the Holy Spirit, in finality, is "the unpardonable sin" because it is by means of the Holy Spirit that all sin may be forgiven. It's burning the bridge to salvation.

Many fear having committed the unpardonable sin because of normal human weakness, but the unpardonable sin requires a rejection by a hardened, knowing, deliberate rebel. Being concerned about having committed the unpardonable sin and doing what is needed to correct it, is itself a sign that it hasn't been committed because those who have committed it know it and defiantly don't care.

Converted Christians are actually subjected to more temptation of sin because Satan's attacks are upon the repentant, not upon those who are already going the wrong way (regardless of how right it seems to them; see Strait And Straight and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

Consider carefully what Satan was doing to the apostle Paul after he was converted:

"7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Romans 7:21-25 KJV)

Satan's primary weapon against converted Christians is his attempt, not only to make them fall away outright, but to make them believe that they can do anything that they please in Christ's Name. But "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."

Why?

  • "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning"

  • For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance"

The full context:

The Holy Scriptures

"2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:19-22 KJV)

"6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." (Hebrews 6:4-8 KJV)

"10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." (Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV)

Christian unity comes only from truly following the Way of the LORD - not from any man-made "church" (see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).

"4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:3-6 KJV)

King David knew many troubles and divisions in his life. He commanded one side in the Civil War (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War and Psalm 54: The Civil War Psalm). He faced a coup from his own son (see The Treason Of Absalom and The Fall Of The Rebel Prince). David understood that unity comes from the Spirit of God - that has no division or rebellion. Ironically, carnal unity is often like a passing breeze, while unity in the Holy Spirit is rock solid.

"133:1 A Song of degrees of David [see also A Song Of Degrees].

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." (Psalm 133:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Holy Spirit prophetic purpose of Pentecost?
See Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Weeks


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This Day In History, April 9

193: Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the Roman army (see Legions Of Men And Angels and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire) in Illyricum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

537: Byzantine general Belisarius began his Siege of Rome.

1241: Mongol forces fought the Poles and the Germans at the Battle of Liegnitz (see also Gog and Magog).

1413: Henry V was crowned King of England.

Walter Raleigh 1440: Christopher of Bavaria was made King of Denmark.

1483: King Edward IV of England died.

1511: St. John's College of Cambridge, England was founded.

1585: Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to establish the English colony at Roanoke Colony for the King left England. Raleigh named Virginia in honor of the "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I of England. Carolina was named from the Latin word for Charles (Carolus), after King Charles I of England.

1626: Francis Bacon, British lawyer, courtier, statesman, philosopher and writer died at age 65.

1682: Explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed Louisiana after King Louis XIV of France.

1770: English explorer James Cook sighted Botany Bay, Australia.

1747: Simon Fraser, the 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, became the last man in England to be executed by beheading.

1799: Sir Humphrey Davy discovered the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide, ("laughing gas").

1869: The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.

1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German-held Vimy Ridge (France) was taken by 4 divisions of Canadian troops after one of the fiercest battles of the war.

1921: The Russian-Polish War ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.

1940: Germany invaded Norway and Denmark during the Second World War.

1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

1948: 245 Arab men, women and children were killed by the Irgun (a "Zionist" paramilitary group; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) in a village close to Jerusalem called Deir Yassin. The murders resulted in tens of thousands of Arabs fleeing to the Arab-controlled West Bank, and into Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Egyptian Gaza Strip. In retaliation, the Arabs murdered 77 Jewish doctors and nurses in a convoy on their way to Mount Scopus.

1969: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its maiden flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.

1991: The date of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0

1991: Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union.

1992: President Manuel Noriega of Panama was convicted of drug charges in a Miami court. Noriega was captured as a prisoner of war when the U.S. invaded Panama, however he was thereafter prosecuted by U.S. domestic law.

2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his mistress of many years.


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