Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Jesus taught that there was one sin, which could not be forgiven. “I tell you, every sin and blaspheme will be forgiven men, but the blaspheme against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Mt. 12:31-32). Many preachers and teachers, including myself, have been leading the people into believing that it is unlikely that we have committed any sins against God’s Spirit. Again, and it is due to my ignorance that I held on to that belief. This sin stands in the way of man’s salvation. Salvation is the product of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If we trample on any one of the “Three” we trample on our own salvation. The “Three” are interwoven. Here are the facts. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Ac. 4:12). “No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn. 14:6). “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Jn. 6:44). “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (Jn. 14:26). “God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24). “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Lk. 11:20). And “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life” (Jn. 6:63).

Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Satan, the prince of this world comes disguised as an angel of light. Satan blinds us with his glitter of falsified truth. Even good religious people, like the Pharisees of old, were and are misled by Satan. Jesus has come to bring us spiritual sight, but like the Pharisees, we too ask, “Are we blind?” Jesus’ answer has not changed; namely, “If you were blind, you would have no sin, but now your sin remains” (Jn. 9:39-41). The judgment that Jesus has brought was to give sight to the spiritually blind and blind those who hold on to their self-made truth. We already are judged if we cannot distinguish right from wrong and make wrong right. The remarkable thing is that a simple blind man whose eyes were opened could accept Christ and believe in His Message, while good men with stubborn hearts remained in spiritual darkness. It is utterly impossible to see Christ or to hear His Words without the Spirit of God in our life. Peter was told that it was not flesh and blood that helped him see who Jesus was, but the Father in heaven (Mt. 16:17). Those who saw the Spirit also heard the voice from heaven saying, “This is my son, my beloved, who pleases me” (Mt. 3:16-17). Only three of the disciples heard the voice saying, “This is my son, hear him!” (Mk. 9:7). The spiritually deaf heard thunder, angels, or merely noises (Jn. 12:28-29).

Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Forgiveness is by far the most complicated term among conscientious and sensitive people in our world. Every culture, race, and creed has their philosophy what it takes and what it means to be forgiven. Ultimately, all realize that forgiveness lies in the hands of a higher power. Christians are perhaps the most blessed because the grace of God covers all of their shortcomings. This, they derive from the Apostle Paul, stated in his Epistle to the Romans chapter four and verses seven and eight, "Blessed (makarioi) are those whose lawlessness has been forgiven and whose sins have been covered. Blessed (makarios) is the man whose sins the Lord does not add up."

Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

One such gifted individual was delivering his first sermon to his new congregation. Intermittently, he helped himself to a drink of water. One parishioner had invited her neighbor and at the conclusion of the service asked for her opinion. Her answer was, “This is the first windmill that works on water.” The people who had selected that person were looking for wind and not calm weather. In another case, by the time the wind stopped blowing the membership had dwindled down to eleven hardy souls. Fortunately, another humble servant came and allowed the Spirit of the Lord to move hearts to take a stand for Christ and not for the man with the special gift.