The Bible makes it very, very clear. God the Father has sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ down to our earth to physically die on a cross in order to give all men and all women total forgiveness and total remission for all of their sins – which includes all past, present, and future sins that we will ever commit.
This gift of eternal salvation is available to every single person who will accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The Bible makes it very clear that “whoever” calls upon the name of the Lord for eternal salvation will be saved from their sins if they are willing to accept Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross.
However, in 3 specific verses from Scripture, Jesus makes a very serious bone chilling statement. He says that the only sin that cannot be forgiven through the Blood that He has already shed for all of us is a direct blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.
What exactly is He meaning by this? What exactly is a blaspheming of the Holy Spirit? Many Christians have freaked out over the years wondering if they have possibly committed this unpardonable sin.
I will first start out by giving you the two main verses where Jesus is making this statement, and then give you the interpretation of what I feel Jesus is trying to tell all of us with this statement.
The Scripture Verses
1. This first verse comes from the Gospel of Mark. Before Jesus makes this statement, He is getting attacked by some of the Jewish Scribes. Jesus was casting demons out of people and these scribes were trying to tell everyone that Jesus was casting demons out of people by Beelzebub – the ruler of the demons.
In other words, they were accusing Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan himself.
Jesus then answers them right on the spot telling them how could Satan cast out Satan?
He tells them that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and that it would make no logical sense for Satan to be casting out either himself or another one of his own demonic spirits. Satan would just be defeating his own purposes by even trying to do such a thing.
Now here is what got these Scribes in major trouble with the Lord. They obviously knew they were witnessing major supernatural miracles seeing Jesus cast demons out of people.
But instead of just walking away and keeping their mouths shut, or trying to discredit Jesus by saying nothing was really happening, or that these people were either not really possessed or all of this was just a figment of their imaginations – they make their one and final comment which will forever seal their fate for all of eternity – they literally attack the Holy Spirit Himself by saying that He was in fact the devil himself!
They knew that Jesus had something else operating on the inside of Him that was accomplishing all of these dramatic miracles. The Bible makes it very clear that it was the power of the Holy Spirit operating through Jesus that was doing all of these dramatic miracles.
But instead of leaving well enough alone and just walking away and keeping their mouths shut, they just had to take that one last final jab at Jesus and directly attack the Spirit that was operating on the inside of Him – which was the Holy Spirit Himself! And once they did – they were done! Right after this occurs, Jesus then makes one of the most bone chilling statements on sin that He has ever made.
Jesus specifically states that “all sins” can be forgiven through His blood – including any blasphemies against either Himself or anyone else. But the one sin that He and His Father will not forgive is a direct blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Here is the verse:
“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” – because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30)
Notice in the last few words of this verse that Jesus specifically ties in the blaspheming against the Holy Spirit with the Scribes stating that He had an “unclean spirit” operating through Him. In other words, Jesus was condemning them to hell for all of eternity because they were calling the Holy Spirit a demonic spirit!
2. The second verse comes from Matthew. Again, the same scenario is unfolding where the Pharisees are attacking Jesus for casting a demon out of a blind and mute man.
They once more accuse Him of casting this demon out by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons. Jesus once more goes into the exact same explanation as He did in the above verse from Mark where He says that Satan is not going to cast himself out – as a house divided against itself cannot stand, even in the demonic realm.
However, Jesus makes one more additional comment in this verse. He says that He is casting these demons out by the “Spirit of God” – which is the Holy Spirit.
Right here, the battle lines are being drawn. Jesus is saying on the one hand that He is doing all of these miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit operating through Him – and then you have some of the Scribes and Pharisees alleging that He is doing all of these miracles by the power of the devil.
Then Jesus once more comes down with the hammer and says:
“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32)
Without question, this statement being made by Jesus is one of the most dire and extreme warnings He has ever given. He is literally telling us that there is one specific sin that will never, ever be forgiven – and that one sin is a direct blasphemous attack against the Holy Spirit Himself.
Jesus even says that you can speak a word directly against Him and that you can still be forgiven – but He will not forgive anyone who will directly attack the Holy Spirit.
In part 2 I will give you my interpretation of what Jesus meant when he talked about f Blaspheming the Holy Spirit and my concluding thoughts.