In last Sunday’s sermon, entitled “Pillar #4: Pneumatology – The Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit”, we were unable (due to time constraints), to delve into the topic of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. So I promised to blog about this topic this very week. This blog post is in keeping with that promise.
The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: What is it? And is it truly the unforgivable sin?
The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is found in Matthew 12:22-32. As you read this section of Scripture, you will notice that verse 31 is linked to verses 22-25a. It’s clear from the text that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (aka. the unforgivable sin…see verse 32) happens when you attribute (either in word or thought) the work of God the Father, done by God the Son, to Satan, instead of to the Holy Spirit. Simply put:
– Blasphemy: Work of God = Satan’s Power
– Orthodoxy: Work of God = Spirit’s Power
Can this sin be committed today?! Answer: No! Why? Because Jesus (in the flesh) is no longer working the works of God the Father here on earth. This sin could only be committed while Jesus was on planet earth as the God-Man. Quite simply and plainly, the unforgivable sin today is rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and dying in that state. Unbelief is the ultimate sin. Dying in unbelief is the unforgivable sin. Thus, the ultimate question is: Have you accepted Jesus as your own personal Lord and Savior?