in this verse and guess what? "All" means ALL! Jesus, with His own blood, had forgiven you of ALL your sins, so there is no sin that is unpardonable! By one perfect sacrifice, Jesus has cleansed you of the sins of your entire life and you are now sealed with the promise of eternal life! Now, this is good news that will establish your heart with grace and confidence.
Is blaspheming the Holy Spirit
the unpardonable sin for Christians today?
That is a serious question.
Read the following arguement that says
Blastpheming of the Holy Spirit
is not meant for believers today.
Bible verse: Matthew 12:31-32
31 "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
When I was a teenager, I got hold of a teaching from a book which said that a Christian can commit the "unpardonable sin". Have you heard this "unpardonable sin" teaching before? This erroneous teaching says that all sins can be forgiven, but if you commit the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit 1(Matthew 12:31), there is no forgiveness. That's how this sin came to be known as the "unpardonable sin".
As a young Christian, I did not understand why other believers didn't seem to be affected by the thought that they could actually commit the unpardonable sin. For me, I was really frightened. My conscience was very sensitive and the more I thought about the possibility of committing the unpardonable sin, the more I was convinced that I had committed that sin! My thoughts became increasingly negative and I even started to doubt God. This gave me even more reason to believe that I had indeed blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
I went to my church leaders at that time to seek counsel, but instead of leading me to the new covenant of grace, they told me that it was indeed possible for a Christian to commit the unpardonable sin. By then, I was getting more and more depressed. The devil was oppressing me with thoughts of guilt and condemnation. Plagued by such thoughts, I would go to Orchard Road, Sinapore's main shopping belt, and I would witness to the people on the streets about Jesus, all the time believing that I had committed the unpardonable sin. I thought that if I got these people saved, God would see them when they made it to heaven and perhaps remember me who would be in hell. I honestly believed that! The amazing thing was that the evangelistic anointing was already flowing in me then and many did actually receive Jesus, even though I thought that I was not going to make it to heaven.
Discovering The Gospel Of Grace
The more I believed that I still had unforgiven sins, the more I believed that I had used up all of God's grace in my life. No one taught me about the blood of Jesus, or showed me that my behavior was actually dishonoring the blood of Christ and negating Jesus' work on the cross for me. No one preached the good news to me, so at that time, I really thought that my sins were greater than God's grace. I felt like I was losing my mind and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. My mind literally felt like it was about to snap and I became so afraid that I would be committed to a mental institution.
It was through this tumultuous journey that I began to understand the grace of our Lord Jesus. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a Christian cannot commit the unpardonable sin. Be careful when you hear any teaching that gives you the impression that believers can commit the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. There are times when the devil put negative thoughts about the Holy Spirit in your mind, or when you yourself say something negative about the Holy Spirit. This may lead you to wonder and worry if you have committed the unpardonable sin. Well, let me declare once and for all that there is no sin that a Christian is not forgiven of. When you understand why God sent the Holy Spirit, you will realize that the unpardonable sin is simply to consistently reject Jesus!
The bible tells us that the Holy Spirit came to testify of and witness about Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "The Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me."2 (John 15:26) To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is therefore to continually reject the person of Christ whom the Holy Spirit testifies of. Study the Word of God carefully. Who was Jesus speaking to when He spoke of the unpardonable sin? He was speaking to the Pharisees, who continually rejected Him as their Savior and plotted to kill Him on several occasions. They even accused Him of having an unclean spirit, saying, "He has Beelzebub. By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons."3(Mark 3:22) Jesus' response was, "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven… but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation."4(Mark 3:28-30) Why did He say that? The next verse tells us that it is "because they said, 'He has an unclean spirit.'''
The Holy Spirit is present even today to witness about Jesus. Therefore, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to keep on rejecting the gospel of Jesus and to depend on your own efforts to saved. Jesus was warning the Pharisees not to commit this sin, and to stop rejecting Him. This clearly does not apply to the believer. You see, in reading the Bible, it is important to note who the words were spoken to and to ascertain if the words are relevant for the believer. In this case, Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees who had rejected Him and who even made claims the He had an unclean spirit. Imagine their audacity! As for you, my friend, have full assurance in your heart that it is impossible for a believer to commit the unpardonable sin. A believer has already received the gift of eternal life and will never be "subject to eternal condemnation".
Rightly Dividing The Word
There is a lot of confusion and wrong believing in the church today because many Christians read their Bibles without rightly dividing the old and new covenants. They don't realize that even some of the words which Jesus spoke in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are part of the old covenant. They were spoken before the cross as He had not yet died. The new covenant only begins after the cross, when the Holy Spiirit was given on the day of Pentecost.
There is a lot of confusion and wrong believing in the church today because many Christians read their Bibles without rightly dividing the old and new covenants.
I know that our Bibles are divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament, which begin with the four gospels. However, it is important to realize that the cross made a difference! Some of what Jesus said before the cross and what He said after the cross were spoken under completely different covenants. You also need to see who Jesus was speaking to. At times, He was speaking to the Pharisees, who boasted in their perfect law-keeping. With them, Jesus brought the law to its pristine standard, such at it was impossible for any man to keep.
"But Pastor Prince, I believe that we should do everything that Jesus said!"
My friend, Jesus said, "if your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you… And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell."5(Matthew 5:29-30) Have you done that?
Come on, Jesus said all that to bring the law back to its pristine standard, a standard that ensured that no man could keep the law. He said all that so that man would come to the end of depending on himself and begin to see that he desperately needs a savior. So when we read the words of Jesus in the four gospels, it is necessary for us to rightly divide the Word and understand who Jesus was speaking to.
Let me give you another example. You may have heard some preachers yelling at unbelievers and using the term "a brood of vipers". But Jesus never called sinners - not even the prostitutes and corrupt tax collectors - " a brood of vipers". Never! Those harsh words by Jesus were reserved only for the Pharisees6(Matthew 12:34, 23-33) whose fixation on the law blinded them from seeing God in the flesh - Jesus, who gave the law in the first place and who came to fulfill the law on man's behalf. So learn to rightly divide the Word of God whenever you read the Bible. Not everything that Jesus said was spoken to the church.
Feed On The Letters Of Apostle Paul
Paul's letters were written to the church and are thus for our benefit today. God raised him up to write the words of the ascended Jesus, who is seated today at the Father's right hand. That is why, when it comes to reading the Bible, I always encourage new believers in our church to begin with the letters of Paul. (Many new believers like to start with the book of Revelation or Genesis, without first getting a foundation in the gospel of grace through reading the letters of Paul.)
Have you noticed that Paul never mentioned the unpardonable sin? Not one time, in all his letters to the churches, did he warn Christians about the unpardonable sin? If Christians could commit the unpardonable sin, he should have mentioned it in every epistle that he wrote. On the other hand, Paul emphasized that Jesus, by His death on a cross, has made us "alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses"7(Colossians 2:13) I have checked the original Greek word for "all"8(NT: 3956, Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.).
God does not leave you wondering whether you are saved or not. He tells you from the love of Christ. Not even sin because His blood is greater than your sin! Knowing that all your sins are forgiven is crucial for your health, peace of mind, wholeness and wellness. My struggle with the unpardonable sin during my teenage years is a case in point. The more you believe that all your sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus, the more you will become whole - body, soul and spirit!
Knowing that all your sins are forgiven is crucial for your health, peace of mind, wholeness and wellness.
I hope that by now, you can see the dangers of lifting the Word of God out of its context. We have to be careful not to take a verse out of its context and build a teaching or doctrine around it. Bible teachings have to be confirmed by several supporting verses and these have to be studied within their proper contexts. When you hear teachings that put fear in your heart and place you under bondage, don't just swallow them hook, line, sinker, fisherman and boots. Look at the context of the verse, and see if it is a new covenant truth or an old covenant teaching. Who was the verse spoken or written to, and how is it applicable to you today? Just remember that all new covenant truths exalt Jesus and His finished work. Hallelujah!
The Main Clause Of The New Covenant
It is sad that you hardly hear the main clause of the new covenant being preached today:
Hebrews 8:8-12 (NKJV)
8… "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-
9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
"I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Memorize this, beloved, for this is the main and final clause of the new covenant!
Unfortunately, it seems that what the average Christian believes today is the complete opposite. They believe that God is not merciful to their sins. When something goes wrong, inwardly they think, "Well, the rooster has come home to roost. My past sins have caught up with me. All these terrible things are happening to my family and my finances because of the sins that I have committed." When they have a flat tire, they start thinking to themselves, "What sin is God punishing me for now?" This kind of thinking is so prevalent in the church because Christians don't really believe that they are under the new covenant.
The problem with the church today is wrong believing. I'm sorry to tell you this, but if you refuse to believe what God has said about the forgiveness of sins in the new covenant, then you are actually in disobedience. Jesus Himself defined the new covenant for us at the last supper when He said, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins"9(Matthew 26:28) The main clause of the new covenant is the forgiveness of all your sins because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. I don't care how many good deeds you have done, how much money you have given to charity or what leadership position you hold. If you do not believe the main clause of the new covenant, you are in disobedience.
God does not keep an itemized account of all your failures.
God put the main clause of the new covenant as the last clause to show us that it is this final clause that makes everything work. If you don't believe the main and final clause, you are rejecting the new covenant and negating the finished work of Jesus. The new covenant says that God is merciful to all your unrighteousness, and has forgotten your sins plus your lawless deeds. If God says that He has forgotten them, then He has truly forgotten them. Who are we to contradict Him? God cannot lie!
But how can God forget my sins?"
He can because He is God! If He said it, then He has done it. You know that sin you committed many years ago? God has forgotten it. Contrary to what you might have been taught, God does not keep and itemized account of all your failures. There is no big projector screen in heaven to show all your sins from the day you were born to the day you return to heaven. All the records of your sins have been incinerated by the blood of Jesus when He cried out, "It is finished!"10 (John 19:30) His blood has removed the sins of your entire life. When God looks at you today, He sees you covered with Jesus' blood and completely righteous.
Only the devil, you yourself and the people around you will bring your sins to your remembrance. So when you are weighted down by the mistakes of your past, run to God and lean on His grace! Why? For He will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and your lawless deeds He will remember no more. This is the main clause of the new covenant of grace!
Theology is the study of religious faith, practice, and experience.
It is the study of God and God's relation to the world.
This arguement was written by my favorite
Christian thologian, Joseph Prince.
An other pastor friend of mine sights
Hebrews 6:4-10 as arguement for
blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
being the unpardonable sin
He believes that based on
Hebrews 6:4-10 (NKJV)
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;
8but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
9But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.
10For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
You also have free choice
in believing or not believing the
series of statements for or against
blasphemy, as the unpardonable sin.
Please remember what God said about judging in Matthew 7:1-5
1“Judge not, that you be not judged.
2For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.