QAHow do we offend the Holy Spirit? What are the consequences?
- Resisting the Holy
Spirit. If we harden our hearts and fail to believe in
Jesus then the Holy Spirit cannot dwell with us (Prov 28:14).
- Deceiving the Holy
out of self-interested motives, we try to deceive God. However,
God cannot be deceived. Ananias and Sapphira, two early Christian
church members, died when they tried to deceive the Holy Spirit
- Disrespecting the
Holy Spirit. Believers
have received so much grace and truth from the Holy Spirit. However,
if after we have received God’s grace and truth, we continue in
our sins, we disrespect Jesus, Jesus’ blood, and the Holy Spirit
- Blaspheming against
the Holy Spirit. Some people call the Holy Spirit’s work
and gifts the devil’s work (Mk 3:28–30). These people refer to
God’s work as Satan’s work because they are ignorant of God’s
intentions and ways. Jesus told us that a very serious mortal
sin (sin which leads to death) and is not forgiven is to blaspheme
against the Holy Spirit (Mt 12:31–32).