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.
The Pharisees accuse Jesus is receiving his power from Beelzebul (the prince of demons) instead of the Holy Spirit. We see Jesus laying out some important doctrine of the Trinity working together. The Holy Spirit works through the Father
and the Son. I remember Dr. Scaer at the seminary saying that whenever one sees Jesus, you see the Holy Spirit. They are not separable. Yet Jesus is saying that you can blaspheme him (Jesus) and still be forgiven. But if you blaspheme
the Holy Spirit, you cannot be forgiven. This is the unforgiveable sin. I like to think of it as an army is on the move chasing the enemy and when they cross the bridge… they blow it up. Now if the enemy starts to overpower them, they
cannot retreat because the bridge is destroyed. There is no going back. It is the Holy Spirit that does the converting. Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins, but the Holy Spirit is needed to repent and to be converted. You cannot
blow the bridge and then retreat. If you have cut off the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness (the bridge is blown). I will say this, that committing the unforgiveable sin is very difficult. If you are worried that you have committed it,
you haven’t. The fact that you are still concerned shows that the Holy Spirit is still at work in you.
I pray: O Lord, I must admit that there
are times I question you, or even get mad at you. I repent and know that I am the one in the wrong, that you ARE love! Help me to trust you and to walk according to your ways, knowing that I am not saved by my walk, but by the faith you have given