“Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
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” – Matthew 12-31-32
“Verily I say unto you, all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith so ever, they shall blaspheme. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, he hath an unclean spirit” – Mark 3:28-30
From the above quoted scriptures, we want to discuss about the unpardonable sin. Which the Lord Jesus says is the sin or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In this article we want to fully understand the scope or context of this sin; and also to find out who is qualified to commit this unpardonable sin.
In the context of the opening scriptural text, they brought a man that was possessed with a demon, blind and dumb; and Jesus healed him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw.
While people were in awe and amazement of Jesus’ miraculous healing and deliverance, the antagonist Pharisees said Jesus was casting out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. Now in all honesty, the Pharisees that made that statement knew very well that Jesus was operating with the Spirit of God, not with an evil spirit.
By their knowledge of scriptures and observation of his character, they knew very well that Jesus was the Son of God and was operating with the Holy Spirit of God. But out of envy, they maliciously and willfully accused Jesus of casting out demons with the power of Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.
This fact can be buttressed by Jesus’ statement in verse 33 of the same chapter. Here is what the Lord says in Matthew 12:33; “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit”.
In the above verse, Jesus is saying you cannot say a good tree produces a bad fruit. Neither can you say a corrupt tree produces good fruit.
So What Is The Unpardonable Sin?
From the above scriptural analysis, it is very clear that the unpardonable sin is the conscious, willful and malicious blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
The unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit also means, renegading or turning away from Christ after receiving the knowledge of Christ and the truth of God’s word (Hebrews 10:26-29; Hebrews 6:4-6; 2Peter 2:20-21)
Are Blasphemous Thoughts Unpardonable Sin?
Now concerning this matter of unpardonable sin, there are those who believe they have committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit, just because of some blasphemous thoughts that come to their minds.
But just having blasphemous thoughts against the Holy Spirit flow to our minds, is not committing the unpardonable sin. Every believer at one point or the other do have sinful thoughts float to their minds, including blasphemous thoughts, but that does not translate to the unpardonable sin.
When thought projects into your mind, either from the devil or from any other source, all you have to do is to resist the evil thought. And of course, God will not count an evil thought you resisted as sin against you. The only thought that becomes a sin against you is the one you embrace with all your heart.
So getting a sinful or blasphemous thought against the Holy Spirit, is never an unpardonable sin, especially if you feared and resisted that thought without embracing it. And as a matter of fact, if you feel scared that you might have committed the unpardonable sin, that’s a sure sign that you have not committed the unpardonable sin.
Because it is only the person with the Holy Spirit in him that fears God. The people who commit the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit, loose the fear of God completely and are possessed of the devil. And they can freely speak against God without any fears whatsoever, because the Holy Spirit of God has departed from them.
So, if someone still fears God, and by reason of floating blasphemous thoughts against the Holy Spirit, thinks that he has committed the unpardonable sin, it is very clear he has not committed the unpardonable sin.
Who Is Qualified To Commit The Unpardonable Sin?
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gifts, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6
From the above text we can see the qualifications for committing the unpardonable sin. For someone to be able to commit the unpardonable sin:
- He must be Enlightened: In other words, he must have a good revelational knowledge of God’s word.
- He must have tasted of the heavenly gifts: That is the person must have had experience of the manifestation of spiritual gifts.
- He must have received the gift of the Holy Ghost and even had good communion with the Holy Ghost.
- He must have tasted the good word of God– that is, the person must have had a deep understanding of God’s word.
- He must have tasted or experienced the manifestation of the power of the word to come, especially the manifestation of the anointing in his life.
It is only the person who passes the above five listed criterial that can commit the unpardonable sin. So, with the above stated scriptural fact, it is practically impossible for an unbeliever in Christ Jesus, to commit the unpardonable sin. And it is also very difficult for a baby Christian, without much revelational knowledge of God, his word and power to commit the unpardonable sin.
So, an unbeliever who is yet to be enlightened about God and his word may blaspheme God, Jesus and his Holy Spirit out of his ignorance. But when he gets enlightened and repents his sins and blasphemies will be forgiven.
Along the same line, a baby Christian without proper enlightenment about God, his words and power can out of temptation or anger blaspheme against God and even the Holy Spirit, so long he does that in ignorance, if he repents and asks God for mercy he will be forgiven.
So How Do I Know I Have Not Committed The Unpardonable Sin?
In case you are still in doubt whether you have committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit or not, here is how to know you have not committed the unpardonable sin…
If you think you have committed the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit; and you still have the fear of God in your heart; you are still very dreadful of consciously sinning against God and his eternal judgment, then that is a sure sign you have not committed the unpardonable sin.
Because those who commit the unpardonable sin, against God, do not have the Holy Spirit anymore, instead they get possessed by an adversarial spirit. And as such, they don’t have any iota of fear of God or his eternal judgment. So, they can easily blaspheme and sin against God with no fear whatsoever.
So, if you think you have committed the unpardonable sin against God, and yet you still have the fear of God and his eternal judgment in your heart, then know that you have not committed the unpardonable sin.
Just go ahead and ask God to sanctify your heart and mind afresh with the blood of Jesus Christ. And also ask God to cast out that spirit of condemning fear from you, and fill your heart afresh with his divine faith and love in the name of Jesus Christ. And as you ask him, your joy of salvation and sonship will be restored back to you in Jesus name!
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