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MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
What is the filioque clause?
What does it mean to grieve/quench the Holy Spirit? Is being slain in the Spirit biblical?
Question: What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Answer: The concept of blasphemy against the Spirit is mentioned in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:22-32. The term blasphemy may be generally defined as “defiant irreverence.” The term can be applied to such sins as cursing God or willfully degrading things relating to God. It is also attributing some evil to God or denying Him some good that we should attribute to Him. This case of blasphemy, however, is specifically blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:22-24, the Pharisees, having witnessed irrefutable proof that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, claimed instead that the Lord was possessed by the demon “Beelzebub.” Notice that in Mark 3:30 Jesus is very specific about what they did to commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
This type of blasphemy has to do with someone accusing Jesus Christ of being demon-possessed instead of being Spirit-filled. As a result, this particular incidence of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be duplicated today. Jesus Christ is not on earth; He is seated at the right hand of God. No one today can witness the man Jesus Christ performing a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit. The closest example today would be attributing the miracle of a redeemed person’s changed life to Satan’s power rather than to the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Today, blasphemy of the Spirit—which is the same as the unpardonable sin— is the state of continued unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief. Continual rejection of the Holy Spirit’s promptings to trust in Jesus Christ is the unpardonable blasphemy against Him. Remember what is stated in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Later in the same chapter, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36). The only condition linked to no forgiveness is a refusal to believe in Jesus Christ, for it is the one who does not believe who “rejects the Son.”
Question: What is the filioque clause?
Answer: The filioque clause was, and still is, a controversy in the church in
relation to the Holy Spirit. The question is, “from whom did the Holy Spirit proceed: the Father, or the Father and the Son?” The word filioque means “and the son” in Latin, and this phrase was added to the Nicene Creed, indicating that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father “and the Son.” There was so much contention over this issue that it eventually led to the split between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches in AD 1054. The two churches are still not in agreement on the filioque clause.
There are several Scriptures that seem to indicate that the Spirit is sent out by both the Father and the Son. John 14:26 tells us, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name …” John 15:26 says, “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me.” (See also John 14:16 and Philippians 1:19.) However, the essential matter in the filioque clause is a desire to protect the deity of the Holy Spirit. The Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). Those who oppose the filioque clause object because they believe that the idea of the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son makes the Holy Spirit “subservient” to the Father and Son. Those who uphold the filioque clause believe that the Holy Spirit proceeding from both the Father and the Son does not impact the Spirit being equally God with the
Father and the Son.
The filioque clause controversy likely involves an aspect of God’s person that
we will never be able to fully grasp. God, who is an infinite Being, is ultimately incomprehensible to our finite, human minds. The Holy Spirit is God, and God sent Him as Jesus Christ’s “replacement” here on earth. The question of whether the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father, or by the Father and the Son, likely cannot be decisively answered; nor does it absolutely need to be as long as one believes in the equality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Question: What does it mean to grieve/quench the Holy Spirit?
Answer: When the word quench is used in Scripture, it is speaking of suppressing fire. The Holy Spirit is like a fire dwelling in each believer (see Acts 2:3), and we are commanded, “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). The Spirit wants to express Himself in our actions and attitudes. When believers do not allow the Spirit to be seen in our actions and when we do what we know is wrong, we suppress or quench the Spirit. We do not allow the Spirit to reveal Himself the way that He wants to be revealed.
Scripture also tells us not to grieve the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). The very ability to be grieved indicates the Spirit possesses personality. Only a person can be grieved; therefore, the Spirit must be a divine person in order to have this emotion. Once we understand this, we can better understand how He is grieved, since we as humans also experience grief. We grieve the Spirit by living like the pagans (Ephesians 4:17-19), by lying (4:25), by being angry (4:26-27), by stealing (4:28), by cursing (4:29), by being bitter (4:31), by being unforgiving (4:32), and by being sexually immoral (5:3-5). To grieve the Spirit is to act out in a sinful manner, whether in thought or in deed.
Quenching and grieving the Spirit are similar in their effects. Both hinder a godly lifestyle. Both happen when a believer sins against God and follows his or her own worldly desires. The only correct road to follow is the road that leads the believer closer to God and purity and farther away from the world and sin. Just as we do not like to be grieved, and just as we do not seek to quench what is good, so we should not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit by refusing to follow His leading.
Question: Is being slain in the Spirit biblical?
Answer: Most commonly, being “slain in the Spirit” happens when a minister lays hands on someone and that person collapses to the floor, supposedly overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who practice slaying in the Spirit appeal to Bible passages that talk about people becoming “as dead” (Revelation 1:17) or of falling upon their face (Ezekiel 1:28; Daniel 8:17-18; 10:7-9). However, there are a number of contrasts between this biblical falling
on one’s face and the practice of being slain in the Spirit.
1. The biblical falling down was a person’s reaction to what he saw in a vision or extraordinary event, such as at the transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:6). In the unbiblical practice of being slain in the Spirit, the person responds to another’s touch or to the motion of the speaker’s arm.
2. The biblical instances were few and far between, and they occurred only rarely in the lives of a few people. In the slain-in-the-Spirit phenomenon, falling down is a repeated event experienced by many.
3. In the biblical instances, the people fell upon their face in awe at either what or whom they saw. In the slain-in-the-Spirit counterfeit, they fall backward, either in response to the wave of the speaker’s arm or as a result of a church leader’s touch (or push, in some cases).
We are not claiming that all examples of being slain in the Spirit are fakes or responses to a touch or push. Many people claim to experience an energy or force that causes them to fall back. However, we find no biblical basis for this concept. Yes, there may be some energy or force involved, but if so, it is very likely not of God and not the result of the working of the Holy Spirit.
It is unfortunate that people look to such bizarre counterfeits that produce no spiritual fruit, rather than pursuing the practical fruit that the Spirit gives us for the purpose of glorifying Christ with our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). Being filled with the Spirit is not evidenced by such counterfeits, but by a life that overflows with the Word of God in such a way that it spills over in praise, thanksgiving, and obedience to God.
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