The Lord Jesus Christ defined the unforgiveable sin when he said: “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.” Matt 12: 31,32
This statement was made in the context of a response to the Pharisees’ blasphemous accusation: “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” in the preceding verse 24 of the same chapter. The Lord Jesus Christ repeated the statement in a different context in Luke 12:10.
Blasphemy is a spoken sin according to the definition given here and can only be a slanderous and maligned misrepresentation of the nature and identity of God, The Holy Spirit in particular in the instance here.
This was not the only occasion when the Pharisees blasphemed the Holy Spirit in order to try to discredit the ministry of The Lord Jesus Christ. In John 8:48 they said to him “Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?”, compounding their words in verse 52 “Now we know that thou hast a devil.”
What is so heinous about this blasphemy was that it was uttered by those who knew the truth and were attempting to deter others from receiving the truth. When Nicodemus had previously visited The Lord Jesus Christ secretly by night, he spoke for his Pharisee colleagues and declared their understanding to Him with the words: “Rabbi, WE KNOW that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” John 3:2
Their subsequent blasphemy was therefore calculated, strategic and spoken against their foreknowledge of the truth, which are themselves additional qualifiers of blasphemy as opposed to lies which are heard, believed and repeated in ignorance. Nicodemus’ secret admission is witness against them in that respect.
I compiled this brief and to the point study after seeing one of the most misleading and convoluted presentations on the subject I have ever seen or heard, either in the social networks or elsewhere.
We are given the criteria by which to test the integrity of any spirit. These are (1) By their acknowledgement of the true identity of The Lord Jesus Christ and of His finished work in the flesh; His life, death and resurrection. (2) By the kind of fruit evident in and through the lives of those who speak by the spirit.
Speculative opinion or untested deference to the opinions of others are not options which we should ever allow ourselves to be drawn into in respect of such a matter.
Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!