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While going through some old files I came across this—We oftentimes read about the grace and mercies of God. How we were redeemed from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross because of God’s love for us. (John 3:16) How forgiving God is and where sin abounded grace abounds even more. (Romans 5:20) So then, if God made sure to cover mankind so assuredly what is an unforgivable sin?
The KJV states, “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.” 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. (Matt. 12:31-32)
What do these passages mean and how do they apply?
All blasphemy may be sin, but all sin is not blasphemy. Under the Law of Moses, one could sin against God and be forgiven, but one who blasphemed Him was stoned to death (Leviticus 24:16). We then must observe that all sin is serious, and to some degree challenges and attacks, the character and authority of God since the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) is defined as one of the three aspects of God. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Holy+Spirit) He may also be sinned against. Since He is also God, it is an extremely serious matter to be guilty of sinning against Him. Also, the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is a deliberate rejection of Christ, His Spirit-wrought miracles, and His salvation. It is the ultimate sin that by its very nature puts a man beyond the opportunity of salvation. Those who reject His offer of salvation are in reality blaspheming the very nature of God Himself and the genuineness of His grace.
Six sins specifically identified as sins against the Holy Spirit:
- Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:10)
- Lying or tempting the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:3-4,9 and Matt. 4:7)
- Despising the Holy Spirit. (Heb. 10:29)
- Resisting or striving with the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 6:3)(Note: in this context is a reference to the Holy Spirit striving with; in the sense of judging or convicting mankind for its sinfulness). (Acts 7:51)
- Vexing or grieving the Holy Spirit. (Is. 63:10; Eph. 4:30)
- Quenching the Holy Spirit. (1 Thess. 5:19)
Illustration: Because of the severity with which Jesus describes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, some people fear that they may have committed the unpardonable sin. One of the characteristics of such sin is that the Holy Spirit ceases to convict sin in one’s life (Rom. 1:28) —so the fact that someone may be concerned about a particular sin indicates he is not beyond God’s grace. He should repent immediately of that sin to restore fellowship with God. (1 John 1:9)
Application: The keys to not sinning against the Holy Spirit are:
- To be led by the Spirit. (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 5:18)
- Being filled with the Spirit. (Exod. 31:3, Deut. 34:9, Micah 3:8, Luke 1:67, 4:1-3, and Acts 2:4).
- Being illuminated by the Spirit. (Luke 12:12 and John 16:13)
Conclusion: Man may do many sins ignorantly, but one cannot actually curse or revile the Holy Spirit Himself accidentally and not know it! The very nature of the act and the Person makes it impossible. The first has to do with the time — he will not repent as long as he lives. The second has to do with the aspect of the sin itself — he will not repent because before a person can blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, like Pharaoh his heart must become so hardened that he not only rejects God in unbelief (he is simply a fool, (Psalm 14:1) but, recognizing the nature of the Holy Spirit, curses or reviles Him. There was never any forgiveness of that either in the Old or New Testament.
What has been written above is a learning guidepost to help believers and non-believers alike—to keep on the right path. Not to be taken as a gavel of guilt or accusations. As it is written. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
*Notes taken from oldpaths.com 09 March 2022.
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