THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT: THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN EXPLAINED


The Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit /Unforgivable Sin is this: an unbeliever speaks against the Holy Spirit, saying Jesus has an evil Spirit. He sees Jesus’ good and Holy Spirit, and permanently blocks his forgiveness and coming to faith and salvation because Jesus’ Spirit is not evil, and only the Holy Spirit can convict one of sin and work faith in the unbeliever’s heart, and the Holy Spirit is not evil. 

Anyone who believes in Jesus or is being drawn to Jesus has not committed the unforgivable sin, because the Holy Spirit either has drawn or is drawing him to Jesus—without the person resisting or calling the good Holy Spirit “evil.” He has not insulted the Spirit of grace to such an extent that he would “never have forgiveness,” because if the Holy Spirit continues to draw him, he will come to faith, have forgiveness, and be saved.

The sin against the Holy Spirit is not “continuing to sin a sin” and ultimately being rejected by God. If you believe this, you will go crazy, because every believer sins, and many of those sins are repetitive.

The unforgivable sin is unforgivable not because God does not want to forgive it, but because it cannot be forgiven because the person has said the Holy Spirit is evil, thus pushing away the Holy Spirit and preventing the Holy Spirit from doing a work of saving faith in his heart that would allow him to receive God’s forgiveness.

He “never has forgiveness” not only of that sin, but also of all of his sins, since he has permanently and definitively blocked the faith and forgiveness and salvation-giving Spirit from his heart.

No one knows if someone has committed this sin except God, who knows our the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

But if someone believes in Jesus, he has not committed this sin, since believers “have forgiveness,” and those who have committed the unforgivable sin “never have forgiveness.”

If an unbeliever is worried that he has committed this sin, the quick and permanent remedy is to believe in Jesus.

Those who have committed the unforgivable sin are people who are calling Jesus’ Spirit evil, so it follows that they would not be concerned about this sin, since seeing His goodness, they are (insanely) calling Him evil.

Calling Jesus’ Spirit evil is unbelief in who Jesus is, thus the Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit/Unforgivable Sin includes unbelief regarding Jesus as Savior.

And no person who remains in unbelief until death ever has God’s forgiveness of their sins, in this life or the next.

Curtis Smale

Why You Have Not Committed the Unforgivable Sin; (And if you are a Believer in Jesus as Savior, It is Impossible for You to Commit this Sin)


…[It] can be said with confidence that if you are concerned about committing the unforgivable sin, this is proof that you have not committed it. Do you understand why? The unpardonable sin is committed when a person knowingly and maliciously lashes out against the Holy Spirit. This sin is so terrible, it causes the Holy Spirit to stop convicting and convincing such a person about sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit will no longer draw such a person to Jesus. Therefore, anyone who has committed the unpardonable sin does not worry about committing the unpardonable sin. They don’t really care about committing any sin whatsoever. Since the Spirit is no longer convicting such a person of their sin, of God’s righteousness, or of the coming judgment, such a person will not be concerned about their sin, will have no fear of God, and will not care about heaven, hell, or what happens after death. If you are concerned about such things, this is a good sign. It indicates that the Holy Spirit is still working in your life to convict you of sin, teach you about God’s righteousness, and remind you of the coming judgment. If you think about these things, and recognize that sin is an affront to God’s righteousness, and that judgment is coming for every person on earth, then this means that the Holy Spirit has not abandoned you, and you have not committed the unforgivable sin. So be encouraged. The simple fact that you are reading this book probably indicates that you are concerned about committing this sin. Reading and wondering about the unforgivable sin is a good indication you have not committed it. But let me alleviate your concern even further. Many people are fairly certain that they have not yet committed the unforgivable sin, but are worried that they might commit it in the future. Just as you can know that you have not yet committed the unforgivable sin, you can also know that you never will. You Will Never Commit the Unforgivable Sin If you have believed in Jesus for eternal life, then you can be confident that you will never commit the unforgivable sin. How can you know this? Because as has already been shown, the unpardonable sin is, by definition, something that only unbelievers can commit. As was shown in the last chapter, the Spirit is at work in the world convicting unbelievers of sin, their need for righteousness, and reminding them about the coming judgment so that they will believe in Jesus for eternal life. If a person knowingly, willfully, slanderously, repeatedly and verbally rejects what the Holy Spirit is clearly showing them, then there may come a point when the Holy Spirit stops trying to draw this person to believe in Jesus for eternal life and leaves them to their eternal ruin instead. But once a person believes in Jesus for eternal life, the Spirit’s relationship with that person changes forever. No longer does the Spirit try to convince such a person that they need to believe in Jesus, for they have already believed in Him! Instead, once a person believes in Jesus, that person has been regenerated, indwelled, baptized, and sealed by the Holy Spirit (John 3: 3; Titus 3: 5; John 14: 16-17; 1 Cor 12: 13; Eph 1: 13-14). The Spirit’s task is now to empower this person live according to the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God so that they look, act, and think more like Jesus Christ. In other words, the task of the Spirit towards unbelievers is radically different than the task of the Spirit toward believers. The unpardonable sin stops the Spirit from performing His task toward unbelievers, but nothing in Scripture talks about anything that will stop the Spirit from performing His task toward believers. While believers can quench what the Spirit is trying to do (1 Thess 5: 19), and grieve the Spirit by our sinful rebellion (Eph 4: 30), the Spirit will never stop working within us to make us ever more like Jesus. So if you have believed in Jesus for eternal life, it is no longer possible to commit the unpardonable sin. You have already been drawn to Jesus by the Spirit, and have been convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment. That aspect of the Spirit’s job toward you is finished and complete. He is now working on you in other ways which cannot be stopped by any sort of sin which you might commit. Once you have received eternal life through faith alone in Jesus, it is eternal and cannot be taken away. Once you are in the Father’s hands, nothing can take you out (Matt 10: 28-29). Nothing in all creation can separate you from God, not even something in your own life (Rom 8: 38-39).

What Is the Unforgivable Sin? By Jeremy Myers


What is the Unforgivable Sin?

Ultimately, only one sin fits all of the requirements as the identification of the unforgivable sin. It is this: The unforgivable sin is a willful and slanderous rejection of the Holy Spirit’s testimony about Jesus Christ.

This sin fits the text of Matthew 12: 31-32 as well as the surrounding context. It fits the words and actions of the Pharisees as well as the words and actions of Jesus.

It enables the unpardonable sin to be something that could be committed at the time of Jesus and also today.

It maintains the strengths of all the previous views discussed so far in this book, while avoiding the weaknesses. Most importantly, this sin is specifically committed against the Holy Spirit. Though many do not realize it, the Holy Spirit is actively at work not just in the lives of believers, but also among unbelievers. The Spirit is at work in the world convicting unbelievers of sin, their need for righteousness, and reminding them about the coming judgment (John 16: 7-11). The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus and draws people to Jesus (John 15: 26). Without this drawing work of the Holy Spirit upon unbelievers, nobody would ever believe in Jesus for eternal life. If a person is being convinced by the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Messiah, is being drawn to Jesus by the Spirit, and is being shown who Jesus is and that judgment is coming if they do not believe in Jesus, and yet that person lashes out verbally at the Holy Spirit, making a “reviling judgment” about what they are being shown, it is then that they commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

There are various forms this willful and verbal rejection of the Spirit might take, but when it is committed by someone, the Holy Spirit backs away from this person forever. The Spirit never returns to them to convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Spirit stops trying to draw such a person toward faith in Jesus. And when a person no longer is being convicted, convinced, or drawn by the Holy Spirit, they will never believe in Jesus. There is no more hope for them. They are eternally condemned.

How Does a Person Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

What sort of things might cause the Spirit to back away permanently from a person in such a way? It is hard to say with certainty since there are no real examples of it in Scripture. Remember that Jesus does not say that the Jewish religious leaders had committed this sin. No, He is warning them against the sin, hoping that they would not continue down the path they were on. They were refusing the clear signs and teachings of Jesus which should have proven to them that Jesus was the Messiah. They were saying that He was from the devil and that His signs were Satanic. Such words themselves were not the sin of blasphemy against the Spirit, but indicated that they were on the path toward committing such a sin. The Pharisees clearly saw the signs which Jesus presented, and even asked for more signs, but despite the evidence that was right before their eyes, continued to reject and deny that Jesus was from God, that Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. Jesus warned them that if they continued in this manner, they would not be forgiven of this sin. Every other sin would be forgiven them, but not this sin.

So if someone today willfully, scornfully, and slanderously rejects the clear evidence that is laid before them about Jesus and their need to believe in Him for eternal life, and they do this repeatedly, while we can never say with certainty that they have committed the unpardonable sin, we can warn them as Jesus does here that if they continue on that path, they will commit blasphemy against the Spirit, for which there is no forgiveness, and from which there is no return.

In other words, the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is different than resistance against the Holy Spirit (Acts 7: 51). Resisting the Holy Spirit is a step toward blasphemy against the Spirit, but is not the same thing. When unbelievers resist the Holy Spirit, they are trying to ignore what the Holy Spirit is telling them about Jesus Christ. They may even attempt to drown out the Spirit’s still small voice with other things in life, such as arguments against the existence of God, constant music, recreation, and entertainment, or sex, alcohol, and drugs. They deny the voice of the Spirit which tells them that they have sinned against God and judgment is coming, and believe instead that they are “pretty good” people. If this sounds like nearly every person you know, this is because nearly every unbeliever spends a lot of time and energy resisting the Holy Spirit.

From this state of resisting the Spirit, one of three things will happen. First, an unbeliever may get tired of always resisting the Spirit and may lash out in anger and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit for what He is trying to tell them. The fact that they lash out in such a way proves that they recognized what He was trying to do in their life, but knowingly and maliciously reject it. They completely and utterly refuse “to respond to the overtures of the Spirit of God.” They slander the Holy Spirit for His efforts to draw them to Jesus and utterly reject the free offer of eternal life. When this happens, they commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy against the Spirit is “a conscious and wicked rejection of the saving power and grace of God towards man. Only the man who sets himself against forgiveness is excluded from it.”[ 9]

The result is that the Holy Spirit stops trying to convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgment. [The believer has permanently pushed away the Holy Spirit by speaking against Him.] He stops trying to draw them. They have once and for all chosen their path of rebellion against God. Such people demand to be left alone, and the Holy Spirit honors their request. When an unbeliever lashes out in this way, this reveals a heart hardened beyond hope of forgiveness. They will never be forgiven because they have caused the Holy Spirit to withdraw from them completely. The Holy Spirit stops attempting to convict and convince such people about the truth, love, grace, and mercy found in Jesus Christ. And without the Holy Spirit’s work in this way, no person will ever believe in Jesus for eternal life.

Though there is no way to be certain, the numbers of people who commit this sin are probably very small. It is much more likely that the vast majority of people who do not believe in Jesus for eternal life never commit the unpardonable sin, but simply die in a state of unbelief and life-long resistance to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. This is the second option for how people may respond to the work of the Spirit. He works tirelessly on them all the way up until they take their last breath. Such an unbeliever continues to resist the Holy Spirit throughout his or her life (Acts 7: 51; Rom 1: 18-20). They never commit the unpardonable sin, but nor do they ever believe in Jesus for eternal life. Instead, they live their entire lives resisting the Holy Spirit and as a result, end up in eternal separation from God because they never believed in Jesus for eternal life.

The third and final option is the most desirable. It is what the Holy Spirit is working toward. While some people may commit the unpardonable sin and the Holy Spirit stops working on them completely, and others may continue to resist the Holy Spirit their entire lives, there are many people who will recognize the truth of what the Holy Spirit is showing them, will stop resisting His work, and will believe in Jesus for eternal life. This may happen when a person is very young, or only a second or two before death, but all such people recognize the truth of the Holy Spirit’s testimony that we are sinners, that God is righteous, that judgment is coming, and the only way to obtain God’s righteousness and thus avoid judgment is to believe in Jesus for eternal life.

Once a person believes in Jesus in this way, they are born again into God’s family and are eternally identified as one of His children. The possibility of committing the unpardonable sin is now past because the Holy Spirit has ceased attempting to draw them to Jesus, and will now begin to shape and form this new believer into who God wants them to be.

Jeremy Myers