Sermon # 83 Luke Sermons
Title: Two Warnings And A Promise
Text: Luke 12:8-12
Subject: Confessing Christ and Blasphemy
Date: Sunday Evening -- 2002
Tape # X-11b
The title of my message tonight is Two Warnings And A Promise. Our text will be Luke 12:8-12.
(Luke 12:8-12) "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: (9) But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God..(10) And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. (11) And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: (12) For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."
I. Confessing Christ and denying him—In verses 8 and 9, our Lord warns us about denying him, teaching us that true faith confesses him before men and will not deny him.
(Luke 12:8-9) "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: (9) But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God."
A. If you would be saved you must come to Christ.
(Matthew 11:28-30) "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
I am often asked, “How do I come to Christ?” Come to Christ any way you can, but come. This coming to Christ is an act of faith. And I know this…
1. If you come to Christ in saving faith, you must do so personally.—I wish that I could believe God for my family; but unless a man in his own heart believes on Christ, he will perish.
2. If you come to Christ, you must come sincerely.—You must not only be persuaded that Christ is the way, but in your heart you must lovingly and sincerely agree with God's terms of salvation. "My son, give me thine heart" (Pro. ). It is the heart or nothing in this heavenly marriage.
3. Coming to Christ is a rational, reasonable thing.—Also those who come to Christ do so rationally, in knowledge and understanding. Faith is not a leap in the dark, but a reasonable, rational, knowledgeable trust.
· I know WHAT Christ saved me from–sin's curse and condemnation.
· I know WHO saved me–the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man.
· I know HOW he saved me–by His perfect obedience and precious blood.
· I know WHY he saved me–"according to the good pleasure of His own will" (grace, grace, and more grace).
4. I know this, too.—If you come to Christ, you will never quit coming to him.—“To whom coming…”
The gift of faith is a permanent gift of grace. And those who come to Christ come permanently, with no intention of ever leaving him; and, by his grace, with no possibility of ever being forsaken by him.
B. Having come to Christ, we confess him.
(Romans 10:9-13) "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
· Before God, the Church, and the World in Believer’s Baptism
(Romans 6:1-6) "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
· Before Men in Daily Conversation
C. If we deny Christ before men in this world, he will deny us before the angels of God in the world to come.
This is not talking about an act of denying Christ, as Peter did. Such a horrid thing a believer may do. Our Lord is here talking about a person who denies Christ and goes on denying him, a person who persists in denying him.
(2 Timothy 2:12) "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:"
(1 John 2:23) "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also."
Let us ever take care, my brethren, that we confess Christ before men. I am not talking about button-holing people, making a lot of religious noise, or obnoxiously badgering people with your religion. But, as God gives you opportunity or in his providence constrains it, do not allow anyone or anything to make you ashamed of Christ. Confess him!
I do not go around talking to people about my wife everywhere I go. But I never miss an opportunity to talk about her. It is not a forced thing, but very natural. I love her. And it is very natural to talk about someone you love. Should I ever be in a place where someone speaks ill of her, I would be ashamed if I did not speak boldly of her honor. If I failed to do so, she and all who observed such silence would have every reason to be suspicious of my professed love for her.
Ever confess Christ before men. Never be ashamed of him, the gospel of his grace, and the goodness and mercy you experience at his hands. If we deny him, he will deny us. In the world to come, we will reap the consequences of such cowardice and hypocrisy.
· He will refuse to own us.
· He will refuse to plead for us.
· He will refuse to be an Advocate for us.
II. The Unpardonable Sin—In verse 10 our Lord warns us of that sin which shall not be forgiven, neither in this world nor in the world to come.
(Luke 12:10) "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven."
I will say no more about this than is obvious. But I will say no less. There is such a thing as the unpardonable sin. Many who spoke against the Son of man while he was upon the earth, not knowing who he is, were later converted and forgiven. But those who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost are forever damned.
(Matthew 12:31-32) "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. (32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
(Mark ) "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:"
(1 John 5:16) "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."
A. We must not make more of this warning than our Lord does.
This does not, in any way contradict the plain teachings of Holy Scripture regarding the freeness of God’s grace and the certainty of it to all who trust Christ.
· Nothing is impossible with God.
· The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin.
· If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
· He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life.
B. What is this unpardonable sin, this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that shall never be forgiven?
In the context in which this and our Lord’s other warnings about it are given, this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit appears to be that which was the preeminent crime of the Pharisees. It is the willful, persistent rejection of the gospel, the willful, persistent hardening of the heart against the claims of Christ in the gospel.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-16) "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. (15) For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: (16) To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?"
(Proverbs 1:23-33) "Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. (24) Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. (28) Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: (29) For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: (30) They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. (32) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. (33) But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil."
(Proverbs 29:1) "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
C. Some of you, I know, are sitting there with terror in your souls, thinking, “Have I committed this unpardonable sin? Have I committed this blasphemy against the Holy Ghost/”
This much I know. The sin here described is a sin accompanied by utter deadness, hardness, and insensibility of heart. The person whose sin shall never be forgiven him is precisely the person who will not seek to have his sin forgiven. That is the very essence of his condemnation. God has left him alone! He is “twice dead!” Sin hardened and gospel hardened! His conscience is seared as with a hot iron (1 Tim. 4:2).
Do not be so foolish as to trifle with such things. Come to Christ now. Trust him now. Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart!
III. God’s Promise—In verses 11 and 12, our Lord Jesus promises grace to help in time of need.
(Luke 12:11-12) "And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: (12) For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."
Whatever your trial may be, my brother, whatever your difficulty, my sister, as surely as God is on his throne, he who brings you into the trial will bring you through the trial; and he will do it in such a way that it will be obvious that he did it. He will give you what you need, when you need it.
· Enabling you to Persevere.
· Enabling you to Serve Him.
· Enabling you to Honor Him.
(1 Corinthians 10:13) "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."