It Shall Not Be Forgiven

And whosever 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.

— Luke 12:10 

To mistake the meaning of the Son of man may well fill a man with sadness. But to care so little for him as to receive as his what the noblest part of our nature rejects as low and poor, or selfish and wrong, that surely is more like the sin against the Holy Ghost that can never be forgiven, for it is a sin against the truth itself, not the embodiment of it in him.

Words for their full meaning depend upon their source, the person who speaks them. An utterance may even seem commonplace till you are told that thus spoke one whom you know to be always thinking, always feeling, always acting. Recognizing the mind whence the words proceed, you know the scale by which they are to be understood. So the words of God cannot mean just the same as the words of men. “Can we not, then, understand them?” Yes—we can understand them more than the words of men. Whatever a good word means, as used by a good man, it means just infinitely more as used by God. And the feeling or thought expressed by that word takes higher and higher forms in us as we become capable of understanding him; that is, as we become like him. 

Commentary

by Dale Darling

His Word does not return - to Him - void, without meaning becoming being of Him. MacDonald constantly and persistently, encourages us, as feeble or as strong as we imagine we are, to trust God completely, to trust Him to sustain all He Is.

There is a completeness in this. Our lot remains that the mirror in which we see dimly provides enough light to see what He illuminates in space and time, captured as we are in disbelief, too often thinking the commonplace is common, that the simple is simplistic.

Father, make us capable of understanding all things: of understanding Thee.