Over the last 33 years I have been a believer I have been asked on numerous occasions about whether or not it is possible to commit the unpardonable sin, also known as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Usually this happens when a person who has a good heart and is concerned about their relationship with God misunderstands the passage found in Matthews gospel chapter 12 where the religious leaders of the day were accusing Jesus of being in league with the devil.
So let’s take a look at the circumstances surrounding the unpardonable sin and what it meant to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. When you understand the circumstances then you will understand that there really is no unpardonable sin in today’s world except one and I will explain that to you at the end of this article.
The Unpardonable Sin In The Bible.
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 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.
How did the Pharisee’s commit the unpardonable sin?
This passage is the response from Jesus to the Pharisee’s accusation that He was casting out demons by the power of the ruler of demons. The Pharisee’s knew better and because they knew better they knew that they were blaspheming. They were more concerned about their own power and influence over people than they were about pleasing God.
This gives us our first clue about what Jesus was talking about here. People who are concerned that they have committed the unpardonable sin are worried that they did something that was displeasing to God. This indicates that they obviously have not committed that sin. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts people of sin. If He had been blasphemed, then they would not be worried because they would not be convicted.
The second clue we get here is the fact that the Pharisee’s knew what they were doing. They knew that He was a teacher from God who was empowered by God.
3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
You cannot blaspheme the Holy Spirit by accident. You have to have motive and foreknowledge of what you are doing. In every circumstance of a person being worried they have committed the unpardonable sin, they are worried they did it by accident. You cannot commit the unpardonable sin by accident. You had to know exactly what you were doing. You had to know that you were accusing God’s Holy Spirit of being Satan on purpose!
Is there any sin that you cannot be forgiven of today?
Yes actually there is one. That sin is going through your entire life rejecting Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord. That sin is one that cannot be forgiven. When your life ends, whether due to old age or some other reason that takes you earlier than you expect, if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord, then that sin will not be forgiven and on the basis of that sin alone, you will not spend eternity with God.
This sin is easily corrected. I would encourage you that if you have not given your life over to Jesus fully that you go to the page I have designed to help you do just that. Just click here to go and start your personal relationship with Jesus and get all your sins forgiven.
Resource: The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.