Have you ever been afraid that you committed the unforgivable sin? Or that you might accidentally commit it? Well today you’re in luck. I’m going to show you that you don’t have to be afraid. The truth is… no person today can commit that sin. It’s as simple as that. You can never worry about the unforgivable sin again. Allow me to explain.
Blasphemy Mentioned 3 Times
To begin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is only mentioned 3 times in scripture. For a sin that would never be forgiven someone, you’d think this sin would be mentioned more often to help make sure no one ever committed it. But as always, God knows what He’s doing, and does everything for a reason. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is mentioned in Mathew 12:31, Mark 3:29, and Luke 12:10. Let’s read these verses together.
Matthew 12:31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.”
Mark 3:29 “but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—
Luke 12:10 “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.”
What Is Blasphemy?
Each of these verses basically expresses the same thing. A person won’t be forgiven for blasphemy against the Spirit. What is blaspheme/blasphemy? Well the Greek word for blasphemy is blasphēmia. The Strong’s definition defines it as vilification against God, blasphemy, evil speaking, railing. While this is a good definition to have, perhaps we can get a little bit more specific in this meaning. Let’s take a look at Matthew 12 again, and read from verse 22 to verse 32.
Matthew 12:22-32 states “22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. 23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” 25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any 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 If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, 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.
31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”
So Jesus healed a demon possessed man, and the Pharisees said he “casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of demons”. Jesus explains that the devil can’t cast out the devil otherwise his kingdom wouldn’t stand and goes on to mention the unforgivable sin. It would seem to this writer that mentioning the sin after condemning the Pharisees accusation would potentially suggest that was the sin they committed. The Pharisees accusing Jesus of “casting out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of demons” was perhaps the aforementioned unforgivable sin of speaking against the Holy Spirit.
You can find the same sequence prior to when Jesus mentions this sin in Mark 3. The sequence of events isn’t found in Luke, but Matthew and Mark help in expanding our understanding of this issue. Now I understand the verse in Mark 3 states “whoever”, but think about this. The Apostles never mention this sin to the Christians in their teachings. If it was something we had to be so concerned about, why didn’t the Apostles write or speak about it to Christians in their teachings? It increases my leaning towards the conclusion that this sin was a sin committed by a specific people in a specific situation, the specific being the Pharisees present that made this accusation when Jesus was performing miracles by the Spirit of God.
So therefore it follows in my conclusion, that you never have to worry about the unforgivable sin again, because Jesus is no longer in the flesh performing these miracles in any of our presence for any of us to speak what the Pharisees spoke against the power with which He was performing His miracles.
I hope this eased some concerns for those of you whoever feared having committed this sin, or potentially accidentally committing this sin. It’s my prayer that as many people as possible who’ve ever feared this will see this post, so we can all live in the comfort of the hope and salvation that we know we can all have through Jesus.
Peace to all those who are in Christ.