Do Not Insult The Holy Spirit
“How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?”
Webster’s Dictionary defines “to insult” as treating with contempt, rudeness or disrespect. The Greek word translated in this passage as “insulted” also means to mistreat or damage. The context of the passage surrounding this verse refers to someone who continues to knowingly sin willfully after having received the Holy Spirit in salvation.
This kind of behavior does not treat God with respect and ignores the tremendously high price Jesus paid with His Blood to purchase our freedom from sin. It is the kind of attitude that enables the personal deception that grace will continue to cover intentional sin after salvation despite of what one does or how often one does it.
This disrespectful, rude and insulting approach to life displays no reverent fear for God, in front of Whom we will one day all stand in judgment. Carefully consider Hebrews 10:30-31.
Grace does not give us license to sin, it gives us the power not to sin! This power of God is His Holy Spirit. In this passage, He is referred to as the “Spirit of grace”.
Tell the Father you repent from all the ways you have ever insulted His Holy Spirit. Thank the Father for the sacrifice of Jesus. Ask Him to identify, and help you to turn away from, intentional sin in your life.
Do not insult the Holy Spirit.
Dive Deeper: Study Hebrews 10.