Blaspheme the Holy Ghost

Christ says blasphemy against the Holy Ghost will never be forgiven. (Mt 12:31) What kind of sin is this? How do we know if we’ve committed it?

Christ is responding to the Pharisees’ claim that He Himself, as He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead, cast out devils, and preached good news to the poor, was in league with and empowered by Satan. (Mt 12:24) They found no evidence of evil in Him, but despised Him for denouncing their hypocrisy and wickedness.

Rather than acknowledge Christ’s godly power and turn to God, the Pharisees chose to sin grossly against plain fact, and publicly accuse Christ of being demon possessed. (Jn 10:20) This kind of blatant disregard for truth, this level of aggravated insult to the divine being, a deliberate choosing of deception and lies in the face of miraculous, divine revelation, is what Christ is describing. (Jn 15:24)

As a person continues to give themselves over to this level of deception and wickedness, they’re giving themselves over to darkness, to Satan himself, to be captured and ensnared by him. (2Ti 2:26) There comes a point of no return, at some level, from which no one will ever recover, where one’s conscience is seared with a hot iron, such that distinguishing between good and evil is no longer possible. (1Ti 4:2)

This isn’t the kind of sin a child of God can commit. (1Jn 3:9) A person who’s committed to this level of wickedness isn’t going to be worried about it; they’ll scoff at the idea that they’re in danger of hell fire. There will be no fear of God in them, no desire to repent and cease from their pride and wickedness (Mk 15:31); God will have given them up, turned them over to their own way (Pr 1:31), and abandoned them in their sin. (Pr 1:28-29)

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6 thoughts on “Blaspheme the Holy Ghost”

  1. Regarding “Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost”:

    Our ability to reason is a gift from God — a little piece of His very own Holy Spirit. So if we consciously refuse to reason rightly (from sufficient and reliable data to an obvious conclusion) we insult (cast aside, blaspheme) that piece of the Holy Spirit that resides within us. Such a sin is obviously irredeemable because the ability needed for recovery is the very ability that has been willfully discarded.

    I think that’s pretty much what you said in the article; yes?

    1. Thank you very much for the comment Gerry.

      I found your comment very interesting. I think your summary is similar to what I said, and I agree with it in part, but I see key differences.

      From John 15:24, I take it that blaspheming the Holy Ghost is a particularly willful and extreme kind of sin, so I would reserve the term “blasphemy” for such cases. I think your explanation could be applied in less grievous indiscretions, perhaps it could be applied to every single sin, and therefore might fall more under the sense of grieving the Holy Spirit (Ep 4:30), which is certainly forgivable, as all sin grieves Him.

      Another thought here is that one need not repent of a sin in order to be forgiven of it (which is what I think you meant by the term “irredeemable,” for I see no other sense in which an actual sin could be “redeemed”, I think this term applies to persons, not actions, e.g. Ga 3:13), since the blood of Christ cleanses believers from all sin. (1Jn 1:7, Col 2:3, etc.) If this were not so it would be impossible to be saved since we don’t even know all of our sin, so we can’t repent of it all.

      In a final thought, and this may be mere semantics, I would say that the Holy Spirit does not reside within everyone (Ro 8:9), that He does not partially exist anywhere (He fully exists everywhere), and that those in whom the Spirit resides cannot commit themselves to this degree of sin. I would describe the ability to reason as a grace which God gives to us all, and in this sense agree with you that any and all sin is a failure in good reason.

      Thanks again for the thoughtful comment; I enjoyed pondering it and responding. Please feel free to challenge me on any of the above if you like. 🙂

  2. Tim, Gerry,

    Pondering: And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

    In the context of Only the above verse, does it seem like the Holy Spirit is given pre-eminence over the Son of man?

    In Colossians Messiah is shown preeminence: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

    re blashphemy: Ezekiel 20: And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord. {In our day, could describe the normalcy of abortion “rights”.}

    Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.

    For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.

    Tim, interesting and thought provoking subject.

    Thank you for sharing.


    1. I suppose Mt 12:32 (“And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”) could be received as an elevation of the Spirit above the Son, just as the Father is above the Son. (Jn 14:28) But perhaps this text relates more to function than precedence, due to the way the Spirit is perceived differently than the Son. To speak against the Spirit of God without being able to see and evaluate Him, as one can the Son without seeing Him as divine, seems to imply an outright, deliberate insult to the divine.

      The value in pondering these things, to me anyway, is that I often forget to treasure the Spirit in Himself, distinctly. I think we should treasure each expression of the Godhead uniquely and distinctly.

  3. Aristotle says a life span constitutes an age or aion. So He would say one age is Christ’s birth up until he died. He would say A second age would be while Christ was dead. And Aristotle would say A third age would start when Jesus rose from the dead.

    “Aion, transliterated aeon, is a period of longer or shorter duration, having a beginning and an end, and complete in itself. Aristotle (peri ouranou, i. 9,15) says: “The period which includes the whole time of one’s life is called the aeon of each one.” Hence it often means the life of a man, as in Homer, where one’s life (aion) is said to leave him or to consume away (Iliad v. 685; Odyssey v. 160).” ( (Word Studies in the New Testament by Marvin R. Vincent)
    Replace the English word Age with the original greek word Aion.

    “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but
    anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either
    in this age or in the age to come” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew
    12:32) THE FIRST AGE began at Jesus’s Birth: The “this age”. THE
    SECOND AGE began at Jesus’s Death: “the age to come”. THE THIRD AGE
    began at Jesus’s Resurrection: And is the current age and also is the age when blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven. The Third Age goes on forever. ALL GO TO HEAVEN because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the term word for unbelief. ALL GO TO HEAVEN because ALL UNBELIEF IS FORGIVEN. There is no unforgiven sin. Jesus died for ALL. ALL GO TO Heaven. EVEN THE UNBELIEVERS – Christian Universalism

    I have said it before. Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is the devil Satan. I am forgiven by God, Jesus Christ, and his Holy Spirit for saying That. And because I am forgiven I will go to Heaven.

    The New Testament of the Bible was originally written in Greek. Greek was the language people spoke when Jesus was on earth and also the language in all that Roman land. So when Jesus spoke greek and used the Greek word aion(age) he would have meant a short amount of time just how it is defined in greek language and would have used it to describe the amount of time from his birth until he died, and the amount of time he was dead, and the time onward from when he rose from the dead. Because that is how the greek word Aion was understood by people back then and Jesus would have wanted to make himself understood.

    We know Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven at the third age because forgiveness was Jesus’s plan, and Jesus’s plan came to fruition at his resurrection. So forgiveness for Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit came to fruition at Jesus’s resurrection.
    I was afraid to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit from 1995 when i was 12 years old to 2015. This fear took away my Lucidity. I was not Lucid for 19.5 years to my Pain. In 2015 I learned that that the Bible’s New Testament was originally written in Greek and that the original greek Bible Matthew 12:32 says that Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven. The Culprit was the english Bible which said it is not forgiven. When i understood how it is that the Greek Bible New Testament Matthew 12:32 says Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit is forgiven My Lucidity returned to Me. I Equate This Lucidity to the Presence of God.
    Jesus died for ALL ALL go to Heaven.
    Jesus died for You You will go to Heaven.
    Jesus died for Me I will go to Heaven.

    1. Christopher, thank you for sharing the Christian Universalist’s point of view; I’ve heard of people who believe this way, and am glad to finally encounter one willing to try to articulate it.

      I think all meaningful theological differences arise from failing to consider the whole of Scripture; this is no exception. For example, consider Christ’s words in the same context in Mark 3:29: “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” How can Christian Universalism be contradicted more plainly, than to name a kind of sin that shall NEVER be forgiven of anyone?

      Mark’s quote of Christ here doesn’t contradict Matthew 12:32, because Christ never says that after His resurrection all sin will be forgiven of everyone. What He says is: “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world (age), neither in the world (age) to come.” Christ didn’t say all sin would be forgiven in a third age, but that this particular kind of sin wouldn’t be forgiven in the present age, nor in the coming age. He is silent here about any subsequent age.

      Personally, I think it unwise to stake one’s eternity on a casual mis-read of a single text; there are much better ways to deal with our pain and restore lucidity. Aristotle has some good things to say, but he isn’t God.

      I encourage you, and everyone else, to integrate the whole of Scripture into your theology. Note down every single text that in any way relates to a given point of view, and try to reconcile them all into a single, coherent position that does no injustice to any text of Scripture. This is the only way to be honest with God’s Word: it’s all relevant to us, given to equip us unto maturity and wholeness. (2Ti 3:16-17) To contradict any of it is to fail to fully understand the Way.

      Christopher, each one of us are on a journey, and we are each individually and entirely responsible for our own journey: you won’t die with my beliefs, nor will I with yours. There’s no value in deceiving ourselves, or in allowing others to deceive us. (Ep 4:14) We must each search out the truth and find it for ourselves. I encourage you to give diligence to make your calling and election sure. (2Pe 1:10) There is no other way to be sure of eternity.

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