by Travis Bryan III
The Peril of Attributing the Work of God to Satan
“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.” Matthew 12:31-32
Blasphemy is to attribute the true works of God to the devil and to the devil the works of God. Mark 3:30. The Pharisees did this blasphemy to Jesus. Matt 9:33-34. By his own admission, Saul (Paul) did it to those who were the true believers in Christ. 1 Tim 1:13. Blasphemy occurs when one calls good evil and evil good. Is 5:20. Saul (Paul), while part of the Jews’ religion, called Christians evil and thought he and his Jewish religionist followers were good. Gal 1:13. In doing so, Saul (Paul) sinned. He missed the mark, believing in a false god and attributing to Jesus the works of the devil. This blasphemy was forgiven because, as he wrote, “I did it ignorantly and in unbelief.” He believed in a false god and was in ignorance and unbelief toward the true God, Jesus. Gal 1:13-14. His unbelief was to believe in a false god and call his god’s evil good. This was his blasphemy. Saul, the legalist, was later converted to Paul, the greatest grace teacher of all time.
Then the risen Christ appeared to him on Damascus Road and turned Saul’s mind and life upside down. He finally came to worship “the only true God.” John 17:3. He went from being the murderer to the one being killed, the killer to the dier (Acts 14:19-20); from the hunter to the hunted, blasphemer to the object of blasphemy. 2 Cor 4:10-12. He was no longer spiritually blinded by the devil. 2 Cor 4:4-6. He took up the cross instead of putting people on it. He went from being an “injurious” and violently arrogant man (Gal 1:13) to an unconditional agape lover, in the image of the “only true God.”