What is Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit?
Many if not all Christians believe that all sins can be forgiven. For the most part, I agree. Jesus died for every sin, past, present, and future. We don't like to think that there isn't a sin that God can't forgive. But what if I were to tell you that Jesus Himself said there was one sin that was unpardonable? Before you all get on my case, let's look into Matthew 12 to find out what we're dealing with.
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the [a]blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by [b]Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Now let's summarize: The Pharisees clearly saw Jesus performing a godly miracle. It was irrefutable proof that He is the Son of God, and what do they do? They say that his miracles are demonic. It was at this point that the Pharisees were so hardened in their hearts that they wouldn't accept any proof even if it stared them in the face. It is the sin of hard and cold unbelief.
Now let's talk about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. We receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Christ. Romans 8:9 declares "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.". Ephesians 1:13-14 also teaches the following: "13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[a] is the [b]guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.". If you continue in persistent unbelief, you will never receive the Holy Spirit. Imagine blaspheming the Holy Spirit just as the Pharisees did. At that point, there is no repentance or salvation.
And that's that. From examining Scripture, we see that the only unforgivable sin is the state of unbelief upon death. You will never know Christ without the testifying of the Spirit. If you are still in a state of unbelief, I implore you to consider accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior too. If you are already saved but somehow still worried you may have committed an unpardonable sin, then don't worry, for the Holy Spirit dwells in you and Jesus Christ has paid it all. God bless!
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