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“He Who Is Not With Me”

By Watchman | September 5, 2010

“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.  When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.  Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”  (Luke 11:23-26)

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.”  (2 Peter 3:20-21)

          Over the years I have heard several opinions on what constitutes the unforgivable  blasphemy against the Holy Spirit mentioned by Jesus in Mark 3:18 and Matthew 12:30-35.  Because these verses follow the accusation by the scribes that Jesus cast out demons by the prince of demons, many scholars believe that this sin belonged exclusively to the religious leaders in Jesus’ day and cannot be committed in the present day.  If these words were only directed toward those who accused Him of casting out demons using satanic power then that is a reasonable assumption, but I am not at all convinced that this warning was for them alone.  Jesus’ words recorded in chapter 11 of the Gospel of Luke warn us quite clearly that we need to be vigilant regarding our actions following our salvation.  His parable of the wicked spirit returning to the swept house tells us that merely cleaning our spiritual houses initially by receiving Christ is not enough–if we allow Satan back into our lives and homes after this, we would have been better off never to have stepped foot into God’s kingdom.  This, confirmed again in the third chapter of  Peter’s second epistle, would appear to be the sin against the Holy Spirit:  to have accepted the truth and love of Christ revealed to us by the Holy Spirit, and to prefer the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of the Light.  Further, Jesus again spoke similar words later in Luke’s Gospel: “And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.”  This does not appear to be addressed only to the leaders, but to all who were listening.

     I don’t mean to turn this post into an argument about whether or not one can lose one’s salvation.  That judgment belongs to God and to God alone.  However, it cannot be denied that Jesus spoke several times of people who call themselves by His name but refuse to do what Scripture says is right.  In Luke chapter 6  He asks, “And why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?”  He also says that not all who call Him Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21-22).    Does that sound too harsh?  Does it sound to you like something that could not possibly have been said by the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world?  Sorry, but it was indeed Jesus speaking.  He is the Lamb of God and the Lion of the tribe of Judah: His  love is great and merciful and His sense of justice is always founded upon righteousness.  He knows our hearts; our innermost thoughts.  He knows the difference between when we truly love Him and when we love only the benefits we think will be bestowed upon us if we pay lip-service to Him. 

     Are we really with Him?  Are we willing to suffer for Him as well as to prosper through Him?  Are we willing to give up the evil deeds committed in darkness in order to walk with Him in the light?  If we have asked Jesus to dwell in our hearts and then choose to live in the darkness of our sins, trusting that Jesus will be so grateful to us for praying a prayer of salvation that He will overlook a continued walk in the presence of Satan, we are fooling ourselves into an eternity of hell.  An evil spirit and the Holy Spirit cannot be roommates within our hearts.  We can follow only one master.  Who or what will that master be?  Jesus said we are either with Him or against Him.   To tell God that we love Him but to refuse to follow what the Holy Spirit tells us is the path to truth is to offend Him.  Once we have truly met Jesus, which we can only do by revelation from the Holy Spirit,  to turn away in order to follow “the devices and desires of our own hearts” will bring our condition to a worse end than that to which we were headed before we learned the truth.’

     Jesus loves us.  He knows that even those who love Him in return will sometimes “sin and come short of the glory of God,” but He will lift us back up if we come to Him with repentent hearts.  Satan and his minions may try to tempt and attract us, but they are never allowed to overcome those who put their trust in the Lord.  The choice is ours; the victory is His!

Maranatha!

 

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One Response to ““He Who Is Not With Me””

  1. Watchman Says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Sorry, dear one, but no, I am unacquainted with any Spanish-speaking churches.

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