Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and all the abusive and blasphemous things they say;  but whoever [d]blasphemes against the Holy Spirit and His power [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin [a sin which is unforgivable in this present age as well as in the age to come]”— [Jesus said this] because the scribes and Pharisees were [attributing His miracles to Satan by] saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” – Mark 3:28-30

Jesus basically said that all sins can be forgiven except for the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The word “blasphemy” is a word used to describe defiant hostility toward God by slandering His name. The scribes knew this well, and even they viewed blasphemy against God as a sin in which God Himself would immediately avenge. But because of their refusal to believe Jesus they apparently didn’t consider that they might be guilty of that crime. Even in light of the fact that Jesus cast out demons, healed the sick, and preached the truth of God they still denied the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus. Instead they attributed his power to Satan, and in this context they were blaspheming God by consciously rejecting His saving power which manifested itself through Jesus. They gave no credence to the possibility that Jesus’ ability to cast out demons was a sign that the Kingdom of God had come. They made their decision to reject the Holy Spirit. And this didn’t come from ignorant laymen. On the contrary, the scribes were learned men – carefully trained specialists who should have known who they were accusing. The Greek text uses an imperfect verb tense which literally means, “he has an unclean spirit.” In other words, their repetition that Jesus had a demon revealed their hardened hearts – the very trait that proved that it was they who were possessed by an unclean spirit. – Lance Waldie

It shall not be forgiven him: not because the Holy Ghost is greater than Christ; or for want of efficacy in the blood of Christ; or because God cannot pardon it; but because such persons wilfully, maliciously, and obstinately oppose the Spirit of God, without whom there can be no application of pardon made; and remain in hardness of heart, are given up to a reprobate mind, and die in impenitence and unbelief, and so there is no forgiveness for them – Gill


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