Christians for years have asked and inquired about the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, wondering if they could have possibly committed this sin, and debated who did commit this unforgivable sin that Jesus said would never be forgiven.
Some theologians concluded it was refusing Jesus Christ as personal savior. There have been debates over if the sin can be committed in the age of grace, and how is it committed?
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, while Jesus was casting out demons. The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting them out by Beelzebub, the prince of demons. What could be more blasphemous than accusing Jesus of having a demon.
Jesus stated in response in Matthew 12:32, “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the one to come.” This story is also recapped in Mark and Jesus states in response in Mark 3:27-28,“Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter. But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.”
In both of these passages Jesus provides insights into Satan’s kingdom by stating in Matthew 12: 25-28:
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Jesus is telling us here that in Satan’s kingdom demons enter into people and by the Holy Spirit they are cast out.
The third time blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is mentioned is in the Gospel of Luke and it is in a different context. Luke 12:4-11 provides a setting that is in the context of persecution. Luke 12:4-5 reads:
4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
This verse is essentially telling the believer to fear God and not man and what man can do to them.
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
This next verse reiterates the value God has on the believer. One questions God’s love and value for them during times of persecution, tribulation or tumultuous and difficult life circumstances. Jesus adds:
8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
While each of these verses apply to all of our lives at any time, we are looking at them in the context of persecution. It is obvious that while being persecuted there will come the moment when the believer will confess Christ before men. Jesus affirms that He will also confess their names before angels. Jesus also warns that if they deny knowing Him, He will deny knowing them. The next verse is the warning of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which may seem like it does not fit. Notice the next verse.
10 “And 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.
After this verse, we have more on the persecution. The next verse reads:
11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be committed by taking the mark of the Beast. We see that when the mark is refused the next verse tells them that they will go before authorities, but the Holy Spirit will teach them in that hour what they ought to say.
Notice also the correlation with Revelation 3:5, which speaks of the denial and adds that their name is blotted out of the book of life signifying a loss of salvation to those who started out as believers and then denied Christ and took the mark. Revelation 3:5 states:
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
The mark of the Beast is the ultimate idolatry and mimics the Trinity, and especially the Holy Spirit. It blasphemes and desecrates the Holy Spirit in the process.
Jesus in the Gospels spoke to Christians in two dispensations; those in the age of grace and also the Tribulation believers. He tells them in Matthew 24:13, that those who endure to the end will be saved. Because, by taking the mark they commit the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
The age of grace ends with the Rapture of the Church and the start of the Tribulation. It also begins the final seven years of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9:24 of desolations on Jerusalem.. This ushers in a dispensation of salvation that can be lost or prevented via the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which would result from taking the mark of the Beast.