Interpretation Of Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

You can read part 1 on the Unpardonable Sin and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

So what exactly is Jesus meaning when He talks about someone who is directly “blaspheming” the Holy Spirit?

1.  The word “blaspheme” in Webster’s Dictionary means to “speak irreverently or profanely of or to God, to curse or revile.” Another part of their definition says “any remark or action held to be irreverent or disrespectful.”

Many of the different Bible Dictionaries describe blasphemy as “insulting, cursing, lacking reverence for God, claiming deity.”

There can be no question that calling the Holy Spirit, who is God and Lord Himself, the devil himself, is without a doubt the most blasphemous statement you could possibly make against Him.

Calling the Highest of all Beings the lowest of all beings is without question the worse possible thing that these Scribes and Pharisees could have done.

Not only was this the height of pure stupidity, but it was also the height of pure arrogance and pride.

As a result, they ended up being the first set of people that Jesus pronounced this very severe judgment on.

2.  However, how does all of this apply in our day and age? Can this unpardonable sin still be committed today?

Many Bible scholars believe that this unpardonable sin cannot be committed today.

They believe this sin could have only been committed back at the time when Jesus was walking on our earth. In other words, you would have to attack Jesus direct just like the Scribes and Pharisees did to be found guilty of this sin.

However, I am not quite sure about this position. Here’s where I believe the first level of interpretation comes in as to what this verse might mean for all of us in this day and age.

From the way the above two Scripture verses are being worded, there is no question what God is trying to tell us.

If you had verbally attacked the Holy Spirit, operating through His Son Jesus while He was living down here on our earth, by telling Him that He is the devil himself – then you would have directly blasphemed the Holy Spirit, and as such, God has now rendered judgment that this transgression will be considered unpardonable in His sight.

Now if we take this same scenario into our present day and age, and take an anointed, born-again believer who is walking with the power of the Holy Spirit operating through him to heal the sick and cast out demons just like Jesus was doing – then what happens if an unbelieving scoffer comes along and says the exact same thing – that these miracles are not being done by the Holy Spirit, but by Satan or one of his demonic spirits?

Is this unbelieving scoffer guilty of committing the same unpardonable sin as the Scribes and Pharisees did back in Jesus’ day?

Personally, I think there is a good chance that this unbeliever may be guilty of committing the same unpardonable sin – especially if he knows that a real miracle is taking place just like the Scribes and Pharisees did.

If you will notice, many scoffers will not even tread into this kind of territory. If they see a Christian who has the anointing to heal the sick and cast out demons, they will either think that nothing is really happening, or if something is really happening, that it is just the power of suggestion.

Most doubters and unbelievers will either think that there are no demons to begin with, or if there is, that any healing or deliverance that may have just occurred was just the power of suggestion acting on that person causing them to believe that they had been healed or delivered from demons.

Very seldom will you see an unbeliever do what the Scribes and Pharisees did back in Jesus’ day and call the Holy Spirit Himself the devil or a demonic spirit.

However, if someone should be as bold and as arrogant as some of these Pharisees were, and step out and directly blaspheme the Holy Spirit with this same kind of accusation – then I really think the exact same principle may apply as it did when Jesus was walking with the power of the Holy Spirit – and that these people would be just as guilty of committing the unpardonable sin as the Scribes and Pharisees were back at the time that Jesus was walking on our earth.

I believe the same analogy would apply. The Holy Spirit is living and operating on the inside of each born-again believer today just as He was with Jesus.

If God the Father is calling any blasphemous attacks against the Holy Spirit operating through His Son Jesus as the unpardonable sin – then I personally believe that God would call the same thing out in this day and age if any scoffer would do the exact same thing – call the Holy Spirit a demon or the devil operating through an anointed, born-again believer.

3.  I know there are some Christians who have wondered whether or not they have committed the unpardonable sin. Demons love to play a person with this kind of false accusation once they move in on them with one of their attacks.

Some Christians think they may be guilty of this sin because they have been wrestling with God over certain issues, or they may have thrown major temper tantrums actually yelling at God. Just because you may be wrestling with God, yelling at Him, telling Him that you are going to walk off His playing field, losing some of your faith with Him, shutting down, not wanting to go to church or read your Bible – none of these things is a direct blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians will wrestle with God from time to time, especially when they get hit with any type of serious storm cloud. This is why the apostle Paul calls our walk with the Lord a “fight of faith.” Sometimes we have to fight to keep our faith up and in God, especially when we are going through some very trying circumstances.

The only way I believe that any Christian could be possibly guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit would be if they were to change camps by either becoming a full pledged atheist by refusing to believe that God actually exists anymore, or by literally switching camps to worship, serve, and follow Satan direct.

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will not strive with a man forever.

If a Christian starts to head down into these kinds of extreme dark waters – the Holy Spirit will be doing everything He possibly can to keep them from going over into this kind of evil territory.

But if after a certain amount of time this person keeps refusing what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell him to do, and they then harden their hearts to the point where they will no longer listen to God, then I believe that God will quit striving with them after a certain point and then that person will be lost forever.

If that should occur, then I believe this may also be considered a direct blasphemy against the Holy Spirit – especially since the Holy Spirit had been the main One to actually wrestle and strive with this person over such a long period of time.

What could be more blasphemous than telling God that you no longer believe that He actually exists, or if you decide you want to change camps and worship and follow his archenemy of all time – the devil himself?

Per the article I did titled, “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?” – I believe there are several powerful verses from Scripture that do show that it may be possible for a Christian to lose their salvation with the Lord. I know many will argue they do not believe in this.

Their argument is that no true Christian could ever fall away to serve Satan or become a full fledged atheist.

They feel if something like this should ever happen, then this person was never truly saved to begin with.

I really believe there are people who have had true born again conversions with the Lord when they were 15 or 16 years old – and then 20 or 30 years later they fall into dark side waters like changing camps to follow and serve Satan direct, become serial killers, serial rapists, or become involved in some kind of gang or organized criminal activity where they are literally killing other people for profit.

I believe that in each one of these types of extreme cases the Holy Spirit has been in major wrestling matches with each one of them trying to get them to retain their salvation. But again, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit will not strive with a man forever. There is a limit to God’s patience and mercy and how long He will chase and strive after someone.

Anyone who manages to lose their salvation by deliberately refusing to heed the warnings and strivings of the Holy Spirit on some of these more serious types of transgressions may be guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

4.  The other area where someone may possibly be guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit is chasing and striving after someone who is not saved.

Again, this verse where the Holy Spirit will not strive with a man forever may also apply to Him chasing after an unbeliever, where He is trying to show them the errors of their ways and the errors of their thinking.

If after a certain amount of time this unbeliever refuses to accept God’s calling, refuses to turn from the sins they may be living in, refuses to accept what Jesus did for them at Calvary, refuses to accept all of the laborers that God may have sent their way to try and get them saved – then God will pull back and quit striving after them.

And if that should occur, this person will then be done! And if this should happen to an unbeliever, then I believe there is also the possibility they would be guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit – especially since the Holy Spirit was the main One who had been wrestling with them over all of those years

There are some Bible scholars who believe that this may be another definition or interpretation of what blaspheming the Holy Spirit is all about.

Though this is a bit of a gray issue, I believe they may be right with this assessment.

Conclusion

To those Christians who think they may be guilty of having committed the unpardonable sin, study the above two Scripture verses very carefully.

Unless you have directly called the Holy Spirit Satan himself or a demonic spirit like the Scribes and Pharisees did back in Jesus’ day, then you are nowhere close to having had committed this unpardonable sin.

The only other possible scenario would be if you have decided to completely forsake and abandon God all together by choosing to believe that He no longer exists, or deciding that you want to change sides and follow and worship after the devil direct.

Even then, you will still have some time with the Lord to see the errors of your ways and the bad choices you have made.

God will not give up on you and He will continue to chase after you, even if you have fallen into a Satan worshiping group. Many people who have fallen into these types of dark groups have been rescued and pulled out of them by the Lord after a certain length of time.

But again, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit will not chase after and strive with a man forever. Realize that there are limits and boundaries to God’s patience, grace, and mercy.

Unless you are treading into these kinds of extreme dangerous grounds with the Lord, then you are nowhere close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Losing some of your faith in God, getting mad at Him, holding grudges against Him, pulling back on Him, and arguing and wrestling with Him are not direct acts of blasphemy against His Holy Spirit.

God is obviously not going to be happy with this kind of child-like, immature behavior, but you are not going to lose your salvation over it, and you are not going to be deemed guilty of blaspheming His Holy Spirit by throwing some of these kinds of immature temper tantrums.

The Bible says that our flesh and spirits will war against each other and for some, their flesh will at times get the upper hand on them.

But do not misconstrue this type of roller coaster ride in your walk with the Lord with either blaspheming God the Father or the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus had to come down and die for all of us on the cross – because of the sin nature that we were all born into this world with.

Just realize who you really are in Christ, and learn how to grow and mature in your walk with Him and try to keep your temper tantrums and pity parties to a bare minimum.

This life is way too short to be wallowing in wrestling matches with the Lord, holding grudges against Him, and questioning some of the decisions He has made with your life.

Realize that God the Father always knows best, trust that He has made the right decisions in the way that He has been handling your life, and press on into the divine calls and assignments that He has set up for your life.

You only get one chance in the eternal scheme of things to accomplish God’s perfect will for your life down here on this earth.

Do not blow it or lose it because you have been wrestling with God over all of these years over issues that you will end up finding out later on were a complete waste of time to be arguing with Him in the first place.

Remember, God is perfect – you are not!

God always knows best – you do not! God can see into you future – you cannot!

Trust God – because you cannot trust yourself or the world in general to achieve your full potential in Him in this lifetime!

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  1. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun - October 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Every sin is blasphemy against the Holy spirit.

    “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (Bible, New testament, James 2:10)

    So blasphemy against the holy spirit is forgiven along with all sins because Jesus died for you you will go to Heaven.

    My words of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit are credited to Jesus Christ.

    And Jesus Christ’s words are credited to me.

    Jesus Christ is the only one who has to worry about the punishment for blasphemy against the holy spirit.
    It is good news for me and bad news for Jesus Christ.
    Because I am under grace and not under the law.
    “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Bible, New Testament, Romans 6:14)

    The world of Grace is completely different than and set apart from the world of law.

    You are in the world of Grace.
    I am in the world of grace too.

    So my blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven.
    So your blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven.

    The curse and punishment for blaspheming the holy spirit is sealed in the world of law and can not harm me or you or anyone. It only harmed Jesus Christ. And that is what Jesus Christ set out to do to save us.

    And Jesus was victorious.

    I effect the world of law with this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit sin and the world of Law can not effect me because I am in Jesus Christ the world of Grace.
    In the world of grace blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven.

    In the world of law blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not forgiven.

    ALL are in the world of Grace except Jesus, sin, death, the devil , and the world . And in the world of Grace all sins are forgiven even blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

  2. Mary - October 20, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I have a friend was drank and not really sure of what she said but remembers that she either swore by the holy spirit saying that her boyfriend is good in bed or maybe told her boyfriend that you are good in bed the holy spirit is my witness and yet that boyfriend is a married man. She is too scared and feels do devastated. But she says that before she said that, she asked her boyfriend that sinning against the holy spirit is blasphemy. Thought she says she wasnt saying it with any evil intentiond against the holy spirit.I wish to know if she has indeed committed the un pardonable sin because i dont know what to tell her.

  3. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun - November 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (Bible, New Testament, 2 Corinthians 5:7)

    I walk by the faith that God forgives blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

    Since I have blasphemed the holy spirit; I do not see that there is an explicit verse that says blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven by God. But I still believe that God forgives blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Thus I walk by Faith and not by sight.

  4. Christopher Abdulla Sadoun - April 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I am a Christian Universalist which means I believe blasphemy against the holy spirit is forgiven. And so because I believe that blasphemy against the holy spirit is forgiven I therefore believe ALL go to Heaven. I am not a unitarian.

    • ML - August 6, 2017 at 12:43 am

      You are so WRONG turn from this way of thinking, Jesus Christ came to this world He created to save people, Jesus had no sin but rather He took our sins upon himself SO NO JESUSE NEVER BLASPHEMY THE HOLY SPIRIT
      why would He blasphemy who He sent for us. So ur statement makes no sense.

  5. wew - April 28, 2014 at 4:42 am

    you have good some good points there but don’t you think that writing bad things agaisnt the holy spirit is the same as blaspheming it ? is even thought it’s for the sake of example correct if i am wrong.

  6. Rod Taylor - August 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

    sorry but many posters are letting their beliefs get in the way of the bible.blasphemy against the holy ghost is an unpardonable sin..i believe the bible ,not people’s opinions.

  7. Debra - October 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    In reguard to the sentence at the end of the article “God is perfect-we are not” scripture in Matthew 5:48 states Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. Also in 1 Peter 1:15-16 says But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. This can be achieved by yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit. Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

  8. preston - October 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    You mentioned that you believed that a Christain can actually lose salvation. I believe the opposite. To say that a Christain can loose salvation, would imply that the blood of Jesus, is not sufficient. Jesus said that he will never leave us or forsake. How about, nothing being able to seperate us from his love. We can not loose our relationship, however we can move out of fellowship.

  9. xino - November 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    sorry but wrong again.
    You do not understand the Grace and Love of Jesus and Father.

    you HIGHLY contradict the bible so much it’s uncomprehending!

    If Jesus died for everyone so that THEY do not perish as John 3:16 says, why can’t he forgive unpardonable sin?

    bible says believe in Jesus and be saved, as Peter said in 2 Acts.
    Jesus said whoever believes in me as jumped from death to LIFE!

    sorry brother…but you highly contradict the bible, simply because you misunderstood unpardonable sin!

  10. Christopher Sadoun - January 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    There was First Aion Age when Jesus was walking the Earth and arguing with the Pharisees, which corresponds to when Jesus said “This age” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:31-32)
    There was Second Aion Age when Jesus was dead in the tomb, which corresponds to when Jesus said “the age to come” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:31-32)
    There is a Third Aion Age when Jesus was resurrected alive again and also is the Age when Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit is forgiven and is also the age that we are in now. This age goes on for eternity.

    Thus ALL GO TO HEAVEN and nothing changed about grace.
    Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the term word for unbelief.
    ALL GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE unbelief is forgiven.

    A Time in the Life of Jesus is an Age because Jesus is God and is that important.

    “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. ” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:32)

    Matthew 12:32 is when Jesus canceled the Old Code of the law found in Matthew 12:31.

    “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:31)

    “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. ” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:32)

    But in the Third age blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven.

  11. Larry - March 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, very good and if anyone who does not believe Mike’s article, then ask the Holy Spirit that is in you, that is what he is there for. There are 3 accounts of this, study them. Jesus told the Pharisees and all the others who with him. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that Jesus said someone could blasphemy God the father and Jesus himself and yet not the Holy Spirit, why they are all God? The Pharisees knew about God and Jesus but not the Holy Spirit, so in their eyes they were blaspheming Jesus himself, they assumed he was of the devil. A Pharisee is already in an unsaved condition by choice, the only ones who will know the Holy Spirit are believers and still have a choice to walk in him and die to self. Who then has a direct choice to ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit after tasting of the Holy Spirit and be in unbelief as far as eternal salvation in Christ? Love from the Holy Spirit will not force even a believer to walk in him. There are many warnings in the Bible about many falling away but many believe these warnings are for unbelievers or were for those who Paul wrote his epistles to. Who reads the Bible unbelievers or believers? Did the Holy Spirit write the Bible for unbelievers or for those who would believe and obey, or is obeying works as well? I personally had a believer tell me that they could believe error about the Holy Spirit in innocence but they are saved anyways. Would the Holy Spirit that is in us lead or leave us in unbelief, a personal relationship with God himself and we are all being taught different interpretations?
    Again please, to all others he is in us that we can know all truth, faith is from him and the word of God is how we increase our faith; we just have to believe him. In Love, pursue a relationship with the Holy Spirit and as Jesus tells us, we will know truth and it does not take away God abilities to save us in Christ, We cannot claim that he must save us because we believe he teaches once saved always saved. Everything has being provided in Christ, the Holy Spirit is how we keep it.

  12. Chels - December 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Paul committed blasphemy, and he was forgiven because he did it out of ignorance. God looked at his heart. I say that because it’s clearly an example of someone who committed the unforgivable sin and yet was forgiven it. Plenty of times in the Bible God said that he was going to punish someone and then, instead, had mercy on them.

    Jonah 4:2, for example: ‘So he prayed, “Lord, didn’t I say before I left home that this is just what you would do? That’s why I did my best to run away to Spain! I knew that you are a loving and merciful God, always patient, always kind, and always ready to change your mind and not punish.’ (GNT)

    Obviously I’m not suggesting that we go around blaspheming the Spirit (whatever that even is), but God is merciful, and there are plenty of verses in the Bible that imply that anyone who comes to the realization that they need Jesus to forgive their sins through his sacrifice on the cross will be forgiven. Just my two cents.

  13. Dean - January 3, 2016 at 3:06 am

    The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is not left up to any man to decide what it is or when and if a person commits the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. Christ Jesus very well said the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him,neither in this world,neither in the world to come. Therefore Christ Jesus gave the time line that the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven Neither in this world, So here we find from this present world age to the next world age, that the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven. Therefore the time line is from this present world age to the next world age.Christ Jesus never said except this world age, Christ Jesus said ( Neither in this world ) Meaning this present world that we now live in.Then Christ Jesus said ( Neither in the world to come.The question is, as to how do people get that the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost can not happen in this present world we live in.So are they saying that the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost can not happen in this world, but yet it can happen in the world to come. Unto which does not make any sense at all. You know it is said that a Christian can not commit the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. But yet Christ Jesus never made any distinction between a believer or a non believer? Christ Jesus said it shall not be forgiven ( him ) this means anyone and everyone. Whether they are a Christian or a non Christian. Therefore Christ Jesus never made any distinction between a Christian or non Christian. So the question is, as to where do the bible scholars and pastors, preachers get that this does not pertain to Christians?

  14. N. D. - May 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I blasphemed the Holy Spirit. I was a Christian and then left Christianity because I thought a loving God wouldn’t send people to hell just for unbelief. So I started not believing in Jesus either. I believed in a god though. I didn’t repent for 10 years and finally came back to Him. I was born again and felt His forgiveness. A few days later it was as if I forgot that He healed me. I again stopped believing in Jesus. Then the devil took over me and I ended up committing adultery. The holey spirit left me after this act and I’m so scared. I just wanted to write that it can happen and to always believe because Jesus is the way to salvation. I’ll be forever in regret.

    • JW - October 16, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Don’t beat yourself up. God loves you and forgives you when you ask Him for forgiveness from your heart and you really mean it. Jesus Christ is so real and all powerful. God bless you all.

  15. Angela - December 2, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Well im afraid that if anyone could do so it would be me. I really hope not but i have battled for almost 3 years with them. I have worried and worried and made myself sick until i cant stand it. But here lately ive had the most horrible thoughts against the Holy Spirit very similar to the topic of discussion and though i cast them down and i know they are not true i have still thought them and ive kept on over and over. Its been complete misery. I would sometimes be thinking something and all of a sudden a norion would pop into my head and it would be a blasphemous thought and sometimes i would think them just so i could cast them down. But one night after had gotten saved i was so scared that i had committed it because of my thoughts my mind was going 90 to nothing and i was thinking this and that and the more i thought the more i paniced and one of the thoughts was was i didnt want to go to hell and i didnt want to be by myself so it crossed my mind to make one of my family members say the same thing i thought which was the exact same thing the Lord spoke about in the bible. I dont know why i thought that and i hate myself for thinking such i horrible thought and i truly dont believe i would do anything like that but i thought it or atleast it crossed my mind. Anyway needless to say i went out on my deck and was sort of talking out loud to God apologizing for all the things i had thought and then i felt this weird burning sensation in my chest and it radiated down my arms. It was really weird and then i felt like God was mad at me and then i remembered that thought i had thought and i asked for forgiveness but i was scared that God would not forgive me. Anyways aliitle later on i thought i heard God say you dont deserve my Son and as it was being said it thundered. I was by myself and i dont know if i was imagining things but thats what i remember. What is your take on this?

    • May - March 16, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I think you have an anxiety problem. Google “intrusive thoughts”!

  16. Rebecca Soogrim - July 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Did I blasphemy against the Holy Spirit if I used and said a curse word starting with f in low tones that popped up in my head from nowhere? Because I confessed, felt very sad and emotional after I’ve committed that horrible sin. Em I forgiven? I’m very, very, very sorry for what I actually did.

  17. Joann - October 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I have a question, concerning the description you used above regarding ‘casting out demons’ and not automatically ascribing it to the Holy Spirit. For example…

    … I saw a televangelist who was supposed to be telling this ‘demon’ to come out of this woman. The key problem is this… he never said, “In Jesus’ name!” Not even ONCE. He just kept saying, ‘demon come out! demon come out!’ This went on for some point, even at one point, he was TALKING with this ‘demon’ (which Christ did NOT do, he commanded them to be quiet (Luke 4:35)). This ‘televangelist’ kept doing this for some while, but he wasn’t using Jesus’ name when he was casting this thing out. Therefore, it appeared as a ‘red flag’ to me that this couldn’t be actually being done in God’s authority because this person wasn’t using Jesus’ name. Is THIS what you’re calling blasphemy of the Holy Spirit today? Questioning someone performing one of these acts?

    Please respond, I would like to hear your opinion of this. After all, this is the worst sin imaginable. I’d like to know if you believe that what I am describing above qualifies, or if it’s just falling in line with discernment?

    Thanks in advance.

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