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TRUTH ABOUT BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Many years ago I was tempted by the devil to believe I might have committed blasphemy against the Holy Ghost when I heard an unbalanced teaching that to blaspheme against the Holy Ghost is to speak profane or evil things against the Holy Ghost. Then I was about 2 yrs old in the faith and I was worried that I might have done so sometime before my new birth experience, although I couldn’t remember any of such incident.

Some teachers have made fallacious statement by saying that even if it was done when one was an unbeliever, he can never be forgiven. The funniest part is when they say a BELIEVER can commit the sin of blasphemy. This, i think is equal to error raised to the power of ten (error)10.

WHAT IS BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST?

The concept of “blasphemy against the Spirit” is mentioned in Mark 3:22–30 and Matthew 12:22–32. Jesus has just performed a miracle. A demon-possessed man was brought to Jesus, and the Lord cast the demon out, healing the man of blindness and dumbness. Those who witnessed this miracle began to wonder if Jesus was indeed the Messiah they had been waiting for. A group of Pharisees, hearing the talk of the Messiah, quickly tried to suppress any attempt for the crowd to believe in Jesus by saying; “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matthew 12:24).

Jesus counters the Pharisees with some logical arguments for why He is not casting out demons in the power of Satan (Matthew 12:25–29). Then He speaks of the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: “Wherefore, I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven. And whosoever speaketh 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 nor in the world to come” (Matthew 12:31–32).

The term blasphemy can be applied to such sins as cursing God or willfully degrading things relating to God. Blasphemy is also attributing some evil to God or denying Him some good that we should attribute to Him. This particular case of blasphemy, however, is called “the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost” in Matthew 12:31. The Pharisees, having witnessed undisputable proof that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, claimed instead that the Lord was using demonic power (Matthew 12:24).

Notice in Mark 3:30 Jesus is very specific about what the Pharisees did to commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: “because they said, “He hath an unclean spirit.”

Therefore, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit has to do with accusing JESUS CHRIST himself of being demon-possessed instead of Spirit-filled. This particular type of blasphemy CANNOT be duplicated today.

The Pharisees were in a unique moment in history: they had the Law and the Prophets, they had the Holy Spirit stirring their hearts through Jesus, they had the Son of God Himself standing right in front of them, and they saw with their own eyes the miracles He did. Never before in the history of the world had so much divine light been granted to men; if anyone should have recognized Jesus for who He was, it was the Pharisees.

Yet they chose rebelliousness due to pride and the love of the praise of men. They were afraid of losing their hold on the people. They purposely attributed the work of the Spirit to the devil, even though THEY KNEW THE TRUTH and had the proof. Jesus declared their WILLFUL blindness to be unpardonable. THEIR BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS THEIR FINAL REJECTION OF GOD’S GRACE.

Hear what Paul said about his own blasphemy in 1Timothy 1:13; “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” If the Lord wills, I will try and explain this verse in another article but suffice to say here that blasphemy is not just in words spoken but of the heart. Matthew 15:8 says “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. God looketh on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

The Pharisees had set their course, and God was going to let them sail into perdition unhindered.

Jesus told the crowd that the Pharisees’ blasphemy against the Holy Spirit “will not be forgiven, neither in this world neither in the world to come”. This is another way of saying that their sin would never be forgiven, forever. Not now, not in eternity. As Mark 3:29 puts it, “But is in danger of eternal damnation.”

PLEASE NOTE that objectively or rather literally, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit cannot be repeated today. Jesus Christ is not on earth—He is seated at the right hand of God. No one can personally witness Jesus performing a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit.

Subjectively, the unpardonable sin (which I will show us later in another write up that it’s the same as blasphemy against the Holy Ghost) is the state of CONTINUED UNBELIEF. The Spirit currently convicts the unsaved world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. To resist that conviction and willfully remain unrepentant is to “blaspheme” the Spirit. There is no pardon, either in this age or in the age to come, for a person who rejects the Spirit’s promptings to trust in Jesus Christ and then DIES IN UNBELIEF.

The love of God is evident: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. And the choice is clear: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” John 3:36.

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Dr. Tosan

The author is a trained Microbiologist, a seasoned Minister of God, a Motivational Speaker and an Author of several life-changing books. He is happily married and reside in Nigeria.

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