What Is Blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Jesus said to a group of Pharisees “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:29).  Jesus had just miraculously healed a demonized man who was blind and unable to speak. In response to the power of God at work, the Pharisees attributed what Jesus did to the work of Satan! “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons” (Matthew 12:24).

This was “blasphemy against the Spirit” because Jesus was born of the Spirit. He was always led by the Holy Spirit to perform the works of the father in fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah 42:1-4 and Isaiah 61:1-2. It was “by the Spirit of God” that Jesus cast out demons (Matthew 12:28).  

If you are worried that you may have committed this unforgivable sin, then this concern alone is sufficient proof that you have not. A sensitivity to sin and to God is a demonstration of the Spirit’s work in your life, even if you are immature in your faith. Blasphemy against the Spirit is an overt rejection of who Christ is and what He has done.

Blasphemy against the Spirit is not: 

•  swearing or uttering a cuss word against God

•  having done some awful things before becoming a Christian

•  falling into a period of sinful behavior as a Christian

Today, the power and the Spirit of Christ are available to those who are blind to the things of God and to those who are too afraid to speak His name. The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Romans 10:9).