Because it literally can’t be forgiven
The only way anyone is forgiven is by being united to Christ in spirit. Sharing in the Holy Spirit is what makes a person Christian. Without membership in this new human union it is impossible to share in the renewed unity with God in Christ. Therefore without the Holy Spirit there is no forgiveness for any sin. Therefore Each member must take care to acknowledge the supremely important place the Holy Spirit plays in the union of Christ.

Issues concerning the Holy Spirit cut to the heart of unity and the character of God. This is why the bible makes it very clear that speaking against the Holy Spirit is terrible. It is not the words that give power to the sin of speaking against the Holy Spirit. Rather the condition of a person’s heart and reality of their relationship with God is revealed through their words (1 Samuel 16:7 & Luke 6:45). Where speaking against the Holy Spirit and declaring him to be evil reveals that a person stands apart from Christ and therefore God.

Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
(Matthew 12:31-32 ESV)

Therefore anyone who rejects the Holy Spirit rejects their union with Christ, proving that they are not a member of new humanity at all. So be careful to acknowledge that the same Spirit works in Christians, ensuring that we don’t denounce him as evil but rather rejoicing as members of one another.


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