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I have done many studies on the subject of “the unforgivable sin” and can tell you with certainty that with repentance men can be saved and forgiven of ALL sins. It is only when men do not repent and yet act as though they have repented that they blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
If you say you are saved and yet do not have the Holy Spirit then you blaspheme against Him. Your words are idle. When it says men will give account of every idle word they speak it is talking about every empty word. In Hebrew this word idle could also mean empty, vain, or a lie.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 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.
Many have said that the “unforgivable sin” is attributing the works of God to Satan. They believe this because the verses before these talk about how they accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan.
But this is an incorrect thought. In verse 31 we see the word, “wherefore.” That is another way of saying, “because of what I just said.” What did He just say? Look at verse 30. He is saying that if you are not with Him then you are against Him, and because of that there is no forgiveness for those who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost.
So when Jesus says you will not be forgiven, He is saying that if you remain unrepentant and saying you are a Christian (or a child of God) then you are blaspheming. You are telling a lie. Because you are not with Him.
He says you can never be forgiven of this.
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
Why? It is because if you never repent then you can not be forgiven. It is a mistake to believe past actions or thoughts and beliefs can keep you from being forgiven though. Jesus says that the person who blasphemes is IN DANGER of eternal damnation. That means they heading for destruction, but it does not mean they have no way to avoid it.
The word blaspheme is not past tense. It is a verb in the present tense. Meaning you do not have forgiveness when you are presently blaspheming the Holy Spirit. A good way to understand this is to say it this way, “As long as you continue to speak against God you can not be forgiven.”
So if you think that you may have committed the sin that can not be forgiven I can say assuredly that you have indeed done so. We all have. We all walked in unbelief.
We sometimes think that Jesus was saying we can be forgiven if we talk bad about God the Father, or the Son…but we can not be forgiven if we talk bad about the Holy Ghost. This line of thinking forgets one thing. The Holy Ghost is the spirit of Jesus and Jesus is the everlasting Father. They are all one and the same. See these verses to understand: Romans 8:9, 1 Peter 1:11, John 10:30, Isaiah 9:6.
Not being forgiven for blaspheme is not so much about who we blaspheme. It is about our continuation of it. If we are never for Jesus then we are against Him. That is why He says ALL manner of blasphemy will be forgiven (with repentance as other scriptures show), but he that blasphemes (remember this is a verb in the present tense) the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven.
But we don’t have to continue in it…so we can stop doing the present tense verb of blasphemy and repent to gain mercy today. Jesus was not saying you will cut off your chance of salvation if you blaspheme. He was saying you will miss your chance if you do not repent.
July 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm | | 5 comments
from what i believe
n one sense Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the same. But, in another sense they are not the same. We would say that Jesus and the Holy Spirit both are divine since they are members of the Trinity. So they are both divine. However, they are not the same person. Each can speak, has a will, recognizes others, etc. This qualifies personhood. So, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not the same (person).
The doctrine of the Trinity states that there is one God who exists in three distinct, eternal persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though each member of the Trinity shares the same nature as being God, they do not all have the same functions. For example, the word became flesh and dwelt among us as the person of Jesus (John 1:1,14). The Father did not do that, nor did the Holy Spirit. So, there is a distinction between them. Furthermore, Jesus said that he would send the Holy Spirit in John 15:26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.” So if the Holy Spirit and Jesus were the same, it would not be possible for Jesus to say he would be sending the Holy Spirit. Also, he referred to the Holy Spirit as “he” not “me.”
Thanks for your comment Isaiah. I do however have to suggest you read over the page on this subject here https://onthelineministries.com/the-trinity-explained/. You are unfortunately incorrect.
You explain about Jesus that I have not heard. The Holy Ghost is The Spirit of Jesus and Jesus is The Ever Lasting Father. You have uncomplicated it for me. I used to get confused. Thanks
Love your ministry
Thank you Malcolm. I love your ministry as well. You have the ministry of a great encourager.