BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Perhaps one of the hardest sayings Jesus ever uttered is Luke 12:10, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him, but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.” In Matthew 12:32 it is stated like this, “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 the age to come.”
Let us first look this word blaspheme and determine the meaning of the word. The word means to speak against a person so as to injure or hurt him, or so as to hinder, check, or stop his influence, or the influence of what he says or does. According to this derivation, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit would consist in so speaking of Christ, His work or His word, as to injure Him, or to hinder, check, or stop the influence of His work or word. It is quite clear that it means to speak something bad. If it is something said against a person, the intent is to injure him, most likely by discrediting him. If it is said against His work or word it would cast doubt on the trustworthiness of his words.
Fortunately, Matthew's account reveals what brought forth this statement. Jesus had just healed a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute. The Pharisees said, “This man does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” They acknowledged that Jesus healed the man, but they said He did it by power He received from Satan who is the ruler of the demons. This led Him to speak of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Thus they spoke these words to injure Jesus, discredit Him and hinder His work
One of the surprising things about this statement is that blasphemy against Christ is pardonable, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not pardonable. Why should blasphemy against the Spirit not be pardonable, while that against the Savior is? While Jesus was on earth many terrible things were said about Him. God's sent His Son but the world in large part insulted and rejected Him. Israel charged him with blasphemy. They charged Him with being a false Messiah and for claiming to be a Divine being and inciting unrest among the people. In all probability, any bad thing said against Jesus while He was still on earth was pardonable, because all the evidence of His divinity and His Messiahship had not yet been revealed. He had not yet risen from the dead, and all of the miracles
that would prove His religion to be true and God-approved had not yet been performed. Until the time when the Holy Spirit had spoken for the last time to the world through the apostles, the whole of the heavenly light and the completeness of the evidence God intended man to enjoy had not been communicated to the world. This sin could not be committed while Jesus remained on earth because the evidence was not complete that proved His claims were true, that He was both human and divine, that He was the Savior of the world, and that He was the long awaited Messiah predicted in prophecy.
Much of the evidence that proved His claims was presented to the world after Jesus went back to heaven. Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave this promise to the apostles, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot ot bear them now. However, when He the Spirit of truth is come He will guide you into all truth.......He will convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Of sin because they do not believe in Me, of righteousness because I go to my Father and you see Me no more, of judgment because the ruler of the world is judged.” The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin for not believing in Christ and His claims. He is to be the Comforter(lawyer} whom Christ sent to this world to represent Him, prove his claims and condemn the world for their unbelief and disobedience to Him. His work is to prove the Christian religion is the only true religion today.
Now Jesus says that you may blaspheme me and be forgiven for it, but when I go back to heaven, and the Holy Spirit completes all the evidence that supports my claims through the work of the apostles, I will not allow you to treat Him, like you have treated Me. The moment that the Spirit has performed His last work, uttered His last word and has given all that I want Him to say, the responsibility of man has become complete. The Holy Spirit said His last word when the book of Revelation was completed. All of the evidence for the divinity of Jesus was then committed to writing. There is no longer any excuse for unbelief. If any blasphemes the Holy Spirit after that, he has committed a sin that will never be forgiven. The Holy Spirit completed all the evidence between 33 A.D. and 100 A..D.
Why was blasphemy against Christ while He was on earth pardonable, but against the Holy Spirit it is not pardonable? This is probably the answer. The Holy Spirit is the last divine Agent through
whom the Father intends to work for the salvation of the human race.
His God-given work is to bring people to Christ, defend Christ, defend the truth of God's word in an unbelieving world. The work of the Holy Spirit is the last hope the world has. God will say no more to the world other than what the Holy Spirit has revealed in the Bible. The Holy Spirit does His work though the Bible.
This sin can be committed today in three ways. Blasphemy against the Spirit is possible by speaking against the Holy Spirit Himself, against His person, against His Divinity. as the third rd Person in Godhead.. He may also be blasphemed by speaking against His work. He works among and with Christians. The Bible says, ”As many as are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.” His work is to bring people to Christ and teach them how to live. We can also blaspheme the Spirit by speaking against His word. He directed and oversaw the writing of the entire Bible. Let no one doubt the truth of the Bible or the honesty of the apostles. Let men be careful what they say about the Bible, for what they say against the Bible they say against the Holy Spirit. If they speak against the Bible they are hindering His work, they are trying to destroy His influence in the world and that is blasphemy; and it carries an awful penalty. Such people will not be forgiven either in this life or in the world to come. The most powerful way to hinder His work, to injure Him and to insult Him is to speak against the Bible.
Archaeologists, literary experts, religious critics in seminaries, and learned men in places of higher learning are making damaging statements against the Bible and against the Christian religion. When we hearI hear and read some of these injurious statements against the Christian religion, we should think of this passage. If what Jesus said about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is true, and no Bible believer will doubt it, then the fate of many in this land is already sealed and sealed forever and can never be forgiven. It is a fatal mistake to injure or hinder the work of the Holy Spirit.