Question: “What is the blasphemy against the Holy

Question: “What is the blasphemy against the Holy

Answer: The concept of “blasphemy against the Spirit”
is mentioned in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:22-32. The
term blasphemy may be generally defined as “defiant irreverence.” The
term can be applied to such sins as cursing God or willfully degrading things
relating to God. It is also attributing some evil to God, or denying Him some
good that we should attribute to Him. This case of blasphemy, however, is a
specific one, called “the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” in Matthew 12:31. In Matthew 12:31-32, the
Pharisees, having witnessed irrefutable proof that Jesus was working miracles in
the power of the Holy Spirit, claimed instead that the Lord was possessed by the
demon “Beelzebub” (Matthew 12:24). Now notice that in Mark
Jesus is very specific about what they did to commit “blasphemy against

the Holy Spirit.”

This blasphemy has to do with someone accusing Jesus
Christ of being demon-possessed instead of Spirit-filled. As a result, this
particular incidence of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be duplicated
today. Jesus Christ is not on earth—He is seated at the right hand of God. No
one can witness Jesus Christ performing a miracle and then attribute that power
to Satan instead of the Spirit. The closest example today would be attributing
the miracle of a redeemed person’s changed life to Satan’s power rather than to
the effects of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

The blasphemy of the Spirit
today, which is the same as the unpardonable sin, is the state of continued
unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief. Continual
rejection of the Holy Spirit’s promptings to trust in Jesus Christ is the
unpardonable blasphemy against Him. Remember what is stated in John 3:16: “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.” Further on in the same chapter is the verse “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
). The only condition wherein someone would have no forgiveness is if he

is not among the “whoever believes in Him,” for it is he who “rejects the

Recommended Resource: Hard Sayings of the Bible by Kaiser, Davids, Bruce, &

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