Matthew 12:22–32 (ESV)
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can
this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” 25 Knowing their
thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his
kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons,
then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. 30 Whoever
is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And
whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
I often get asked questions about the “unforgivable sin.” Some think it is suicide. Some have said murder. Some have said blasphemy against God. So which is it??? Well, the last of these is probably the closest.
First of all, what is blasphemy? The Christian Cyclopedia defines blasphemy as: “Speech, thought, writing, or action manifesting irreverence toward God or anything sacred (Ps 74:10, 18; Is 52:5; Rv
16:9, 11, 21).” [Concordia Publishing House].
The following is an excerpt from the Lutheran Witness Q & A (March 2, 2011) states: “Focusing on Jesus’
words (some also see reference to the sin in passages like 1 John 5:16; Heb.6:4–6; 10:26–27), we learn this about the sin: Jesus specifically singles out the sin as “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” and speaks of it in distinction
from blasphemy against the Son of Man (Himself). It belongs in a category to be distinguished from all other sins (though these remain gravely serious as well).
Those who commit such blasphemy are guilty of taking
aim directly at the Holy Spirit, reviling and denigrating not only Him but what He does. In the words of Luther’s Small Catechism, the Holy Spirit has “called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the
true faith.” Without the Holy Spirit’s working through God’s Word, repentance and faith are not possible (John 15:26; Acts 5:31–32; Titus 3:5, etc.).”
When you commit this sin against
the Holy Spirit, you have cut off the one who convicts and converts a person to Christ. Committing this sin is like blowing up a bridge and now you can’t go back. I do believe this to be a very difficult sin to commit, and if you think you
have… but are sorry… then you didn’t commit it. The Holy Spirit is still working in you.
I pray: O Lord, grant me patience, Lord, not to quarrel or cry aloud as I share the Gospel
with others. Amen.