He Can Be Insulted
The Spirit Of The Lord
22: He Can Be Insulted
What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve! Hebrews 10:29
How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29 ESV)
The Holy Spirit can be insulted. If we look at this statement deeply and critically, we will realize that to insult Him is to insult the Lord and God because He is both Lord and God.
Now, “the Lord” in this passage is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” Acts 5:3-4
Can a man insult God and get away with it? No. It is therefore great folly for us to think that we are free to insult God and God will look the other way and pretend He does not see or care. God is not weak regardless of how we see Him. He is smarter than us and will outsmart us any day any time. When men treat God like they can fool Him or mock Him, He knows and He will strike like a thief in the night when they least expect it. He catches the wise in their craftiness.
Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” Revelations 16:15
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.1 Thessalonians 5:2
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness 1 Corinthians 3:19
Anytime we reject and resist His word, we insult Him. When we contradict and pervert nature and the word of God, we insult Him because we have disprupted the divine order of the great King. When we reject the word of God and His commands we destroy, even when we do not realize that we are destroying.
So we insult God and all His good works and creation and God has a right to be angry because we hurt one another and creation. We cannot hurt God directly but we can hurt Him by hurting His creatures that He loves deeply. So when you strike your fellow man you strike Him.
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:41-46
The biggest Insult is rejecting the good news. By rejecting the good news we look down on Jesus and His precious blood that redeemed us. We scorn the word of God and reject grace and life. By rejecting life and grace, we hurt God because He loves us and does not want anyone to be lost.
When we reject life, we throw Him into deep mourning and pain because He won’t be able to have fellowship with us and we will eventually get separated from Him for all of eternity. This is a deep pain, hurt, wound, affliction and grief to God that we will never be able to understand.
Our breaths come from Him so it’s like a part of Him “dies” or is missing. He created us for us to eventually unite with Him in heaven, not for us to be lost. However, we have a freewill and He will not force Himself on us. God does not want to loose anyone, so we insult Him by rejecting life but we also Hurt Him.
He is the author of knowledge and wisdom and has given intelligence, wisdom and knowledge to men in varying degrees regardless of their religion or non religion. When we start arguing with Him and behaving like we know more than Him – the creator, we are being very disrespectful and insulting towards Him. He has made everything in perfect order and for a purpose in line with His omniscient wisdom. Therefore, when we contradict Him and look down on His words and thoughts, we have insulted Him. By insulting Him, we outrage Him and make Him angry.
May we realize that the Holy Spirit has feelings and determine to always please Him rather than insult and grieve Him. May we love Him the way He loves us.