Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: The Unforgivable Sin
Jesus speaks of a sin as unforgivable. And it is called Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. What does Jesus mean by this? This post is to give a clarification on what is meant by blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Matt 12: 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.”
First and foremost, it is profusely exquisite that we clarify a basic truth. That is, it is important that we know this.
There is forgiveness for every sin, and all sins are forgivable.
If any sinner truly come to the recognition of his sins, confess them, and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, he will definitely receive forgiveness.
Jesus has made provision for the forgiveness of sin, by taking our place on the cross.
The forgiveness of sin is born out of God’s everlasting love, and not in any way dependent on the measure of sin a person has committed.
So, no matter the amount of sin you’ve sinned, there is Grace for you. God loves You. All he wants is that you come to fellowship with Him.
What the unforgivable or unpardonable Sin is Not
You might want to read our text again for some emphases.
Based on the foregoing of the event that led to the emergence of these words from Jesus Christ, some people may infer that the unpardonable sin is giving the devil credits for the work of the Holy Spirit, like the Pharisees did to Jesus.
You know, the Pharisees said Jesus was working by an evil spirit.
So it is easy to assume that this is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Giving the devil glory for the work of the Spirit of God.
This is a very good line of thought, if not for the fact that it is neither absolutely true, nor compatible with the nature of God.
Let us consider this for a moment.
If the unpardonable sin is merely resisting the work of the Holy Spirit and giving its credits to demons, then I don’t think Apostle Paul should be saved.
You know, we could wonder how much Paul did to frustrate the then believers. He could have called them anything.
He could have abused the spirit of God. To the point that he began to supervise their death by stoning.
Yet, Paul became one of the greatest apostles of all time, after his terrible resistant to the works of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the early apostles.
Unbelievable, isn’t it? God’s works are wonders. He can save anybody, the measure or nature of the person’s sin notwithstanding.
What is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead, according to the principle of the trinity.
Trust me, the doctrine of the Trinity is a true one.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to help, empower and strengthen believers to serve as an extension of the ministry of Jesus Christ after His ascension.
By the Spirit we are given strength to do the work Christ has called us to do.
We evangelise, heal, deliver, and edify by the Spirit.
Also, it is the duty of the Holy Spirit to convince and convict unbelievers into receiving forgiveness through repentance, with or without the message of believers.
When we preach, it is the Holy Spirit that convicts and saves.
The Gospel will be fruitless without the power of the Spirit of God. Speak of ‘waste of time’.
Therefore, Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a complete, resilient and continual resistance to the convincing power of God for salvation, through the Holy Spirit.
Note carefully the use of ‘continual‘ in the definition.
When the Holy Spirit convicts, and you do not yield, you are committing blasphemy against the Spirit.
Now, this blasphemy has to be continual (until death) before it gets unforgivable.
Once a person stops this continual act and allows the convicting power of the Holy Spirit (before death), then he is certainly not guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
So, the unpardonable sin is any sin that a person is not willing to give up, admit, confess, or even ask for forgiveness for until death.
After death comes judgement, no repentance.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
So, the sin will not be forgiven in this world, nor in the world to come. According to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 12:32b_”it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come.”
Can a ‘Christian’ be guilty of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
The simple answer is Yes. If a ‘Christian’ have some private or hidden sin that he is not willing to accept conviction over, through the Holy Spirit, then he is very much guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.
Now, If a Christian is perfect like our Heavenly Father, then No. He would not be guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
In conclusion, the good news is that if we receive conviction for our sins and confess them, God gives us eternal life in His son, irrespective of the sins we’ve committed.
The nature of God then lives in us, and it is not of sin at all.
If you are in Christ, you are a complete new creature, old things are gone.
God forgives, He saves. Always yield when the Spirit convicts you. Make your ways perfect with God before leaving earth.
Do not fall into blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Why? It is totally an unpardonable sin.