today I ran across Matthew 12.36, and I remembered a conversation that I had a few months ago with another saint about the meaning of that verse.
So here’s that verse with a little context so that you can familiarize yourself with what I’m talking about:
31 “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.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
I stated in a comment (as best I can recall) something to the effect of…
“that doesn’t apply to Christians (in reference to the warning in verse 36), that pertains to damned people. Consider that Jesus was in dialogue with the Pharisees who had just finished accusing Him of casting out devils by the power of Satan.”
Well today I got to thinking about what I said back then, and I believe that I was wrong. I believe that the warning in verse 36 does apply to everyone, (saved and lost).
I publicly apologize to God for my error in what I said. I know that all of my sin was forgiven & paid for on Jesus, but it still grieves me to err against God, in particular, in representing His word. I am indeed repentant and sorry for my wrong words.
And if anyone ever finds that comment of mine and reads it, then I apologize to you too for my (unintentional) misleading you. Please forgive me.
(I can’t remember what post I made that comment on). So if anyone ever finds that comment of mine, please delete it for me.
God bless y’all.
And all glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
And no glory to us whatsoever!
The saint who I had that dialogue with located the post, and removed my comments entirely from that post as I wanted. (Thank you so much for helping me with this worrisome issue).
Now I don’t have worry about that error of mine damaging someone’s discernment going forward.
Oh the relief !
God is indeed good all of the time.