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Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit: Still Saved Forever?

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This is going to be a short lesson on the topic of Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit, what that is, why Jesus said it is unforgivable in both this age and in the age to come, and what that means to a saved believer in Christ. Can a saved believer commit this unforgivable sin and lose salvation? Nope. Let’s look into it.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is mentioned in three of our four gospels: Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:22-30 and Luke 12:10.

“Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:32 NASB95)

“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:28-29 NASB95)

“”And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.” (Luke 12:10 NASB95)

This is such an important issue that it is repeated three times in the Gospels. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit has been described as the unforgivable sin, or as it says in Mark 3, an eternal sin. What exactly is this sin and does the fact that it is unforgivable mean that a saved believer in Christ could lose their eternal salvation?

Short answer: No, not a chance. But what is it and why is this not a threat to a saved believer?

The confusion over this arises because people try to define for themselves what “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” means instead of accepting what Scripture defines it to mean. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is NOT

  • someone thinking or speaking a negative word against the Holy Spirit
  • cursing the Holy Spirit
  • not obeying Christ
  • committing willful sin, thereby not letting the Holy Spirit work in your life
  • being lukewarm and ignoring the Holy Spirit

No, none of these things is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus tells us plainly what it is in Mark, chapter 3:

“whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin BECAUSE they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:29-30 KJV)

Jesus was speaking to Pharisees who refused to believe in Him. These Pharisees had hardened their hearts in unbelief to such a great extent that they accused Jesus of performing miracles by the power of Satan. Back to Mark, chapter 3:

“The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”” (Mark 3:22 NASB95)

Jesus performed those miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, by Jesus’ own definition in Mark 3:30, means being hardened  in such unbelief that you attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.

Plus, Jesus speaks about this blasphemy in the present tense, meaning this was ongoing and persistent unbelief, not a one-time thing.

So Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit means having a heart so hardened in unbelief against Christ that you accuse the Holy Spirit power that He demonstrated as being the power of Satan.

It’s accusing Jesus of having a demon, that it was demonic power that performed miracles, not the work of the Holy Spirt. It is an unbelieving heart that is so hardened against Jesus that it describes the Holy Spirit as being something other than the power of God.

It is not saying a curse word against God, thinking a negative thought toward God, or committing sin, thereby refusing to let the Holy Spirit reign in your life. None of these things. It is hardened unbelief to the extent that you accuse Jesus of operating in the power of Satan.

Can a believer in Christ commit this sin? No.

This can only be referring to an unbeliever and that is the only audience Jesus was addressing in all three of these Gospel accounts. Jesus was talking to Pharisees who were so locked into their unbelief that they were plotting to kill Him.

So what does this mean for a believer? If someone says they are a believer but has such a hardened heart of unbelief that they even refuse to believe Jesus’ miracles were done by anyone other than Satan, this proves that they are not a believer. So this sin cannot be committed by believers.

And when Jesus tells them that this sin can never be forgiven, He’s not telling them that God will refuse to forgive them, because God will forgive anyone who repents. He’s telling them that they have hardened themselves so much in unbelief that they are beyond THEIR being able to repent. They’ve crossed a point in their unbelief where it’s impossible for them to repent.

If there’s no repentance (and “repentance” means “a change of mind”), then there’s no forgiveness. Therefore, they will never be forgiven.

For a true believer who is saved, it is impossible to blaspheme the Holy Spirit in this way. You have to make up your own definition of what this sin is to say that it could apply to a believer. True saved believers do not have their hearts hardened in unbelief to such an extent that they accuse Jesus of having a demon. Only unbelievers can commit this sin.

For a true believer, we are assured that any sin that we confess will be forgiven:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)

While Jesus was speaking to unbelieving Pharisees, John spoke this verse to the church, to believers, and he listed no exceptions to this verse, or areas of sin where this verse does not apply. For a believer in Christ, there is no such thing as an unforgivable sin. If there was, then this verse could not be correct. 

And for those of you who right about now might be thinking, “Wait a minute, isn’t 1 John 5 referring to a unforgivable sin when it talks about a believer committing a sin unto death?” Let’s look at that:

Regarding “A Sin Unto Death” in 1 John 5:16,

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (1 John 5:16 KJV)

Scripture does not say what this “sin unto death” is, but we are told to not even pray for a brother in Christ who has done it. There are some who look at this verse and say that it proves that a believer can be condemned to hell and that this is the type of death being described here, an eternal death. 

But when we look at the original Greek word for “death,” the word “Thanatos,” we find that it was used 117 times in the New Testament. The predominant use of this word by far was to describe physical death, not eternal death. One hundred times it was used to describe physical death, including 24 times being used to describe the death of Jesus. Certainly Jesus wasn’t condemned to hell. This word was describing physical death. It was also used to describe the death by which Peter would glorify the Lord. You cannot say that this word “death” in 1 John 5:16 must refer to eternal death. In fact, only 19 times in the entire New Testament was this Greek word used to describe an eternal death and not once was is used to describe the eternal death of a believer. So you cannot ignore all that and say, “But here in 1 John 5, it’s describing eternal death.” No. It’s describing physical death.

The predominant weight of Scripture says that this word for death in 1 John 5:16 is referring to physical death of a believer who is sinning, not an eternal death where they lose salvation. Secondly, we see that this is not an “unforgivable” sin, for then John would have contradicted himself. For he had just said in chapter 1 that there is no sin for which a believer who repents cannot be forgiven:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)

So 1 John 5:16, when referring to a believer, most properly reads:

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto (physical) death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto (physical) death. There is a sin unto (physical) death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (1 John 5:16 KJV)

Why does it say not to pray for this? Because it is apparent that the sinning believer is not repentant. They are continuing in their sin to the point where God says, “Enough,” and takes them home, ending their physical life early. It’s not that God won’t forgive them, but that they are not repentant and their sin is ongoing.

We have examples of this in Scripture, where church members were put to death.

  • Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)
  • Believers improperly partaking of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11)
  • An immoral Christian believer turned over to Satan (1 Cor. 5)
  • Hymenaeus and Alexander turned over to Satan ( 1 Tim. 1)

There is no evidence that any of these lost their salvation. In fact, the last two examples were people being turned over to Satan, who has no power to send anyone to eternal hell. So this is clearly talking about physical death. And in the case of the Corinthian believer being turned over to Satan, Paul expressly says that the believer’s soul would still be saved. These examples are talking about physical death of unrepentant sinning believers. 

So we have two sections of Scripture here: one section dealing with the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the other referring to “a sin unto death.” As we’ve shown, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is for unbelievers only for it is a specific type of sin, namely the sin of hardened unbelief in Jesus to the point where you attribute the miracles that He did in the Spirit to the work of Satan. “A sin unto death,” on the other hand, is for believers only for it speaks of an unrepentant sinning believer committing would could be a variety of sins but is unrepentant and, because they are unrepentant, they reach a point where God puts them to physical death early, while their eternal soul is still saved.

So we have this principal for a believer in Christ:

You cannot commit blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and be eternally condemned. However, sin in a believer’s life has serious consequences:

  • The believer can be put to physical death
  • Can suffer consequences of their sin in this life, such as some believers are spending a good portion of their lives in prison
  • And they can lose eternal rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. This will not include salvation, which is a gift, not a reward.

So if you are a Christian and have this fear that perhaps you’ve committed this unforgivable, you haven’t. Simply confess to God any sin that He brings to your attention and KNOW WITH CERTAINTY that He will and has forgiven you. Believe His Word and let that belief set aside your fear. You haven’t lost your salvation. You haven’t committed an unforgivable sin. 

But for an unbeliever:

If you have never placed your trust in Jesus to save you from God’s penalty for sin and you die in that state of unbelief, then you ARE committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit without even saying a word. For if you die in a state of unbelief in Jesus, you are saying “I don’t need Jesus. Those miracles that He did, I don’t care. They don’t mean anything to me.” And you will have attributed the work of God, the Holy Spirit, as being nothing, worthless. That IS blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and it will not be forgiven. You will not go to heaven, but to hell.

The good news is this: you don’t have to end things that way with God. God stands ready to forgive and restore. He is eager for you to come to Him and is not willing that ANY should perish.

“The Lord is…not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 KJV)

If you are still breathing, that door to forgiveness is still open.

So I want to end this video with a prayer of salvation, but it’s also a prayer of rededication or restoration. If you’ve never placed your faith in Christ to save you from God’s holy judgment against sin, or you are not sure of your salvation or you would just like to rededicate your life to Christ, thinking that maybe you haven’t been as faithful as you should have been, then I urge you to pray along with me. Saying a prayer doesn’t save you or restore you. Only faith in Christ saves you and keeps you saved, believing that Christ’s shed blood pays for your sins 100%. This prayer, then, is just a means of expressing that faith. If that’s what you would like to do, please pray with me.

“Lord, I have sinned and I need you to save me. I have not lived the way You desired me to live, but I’d like to change that. Against You and You alone have I sinned. I am so sorry. From this point forward, I want to dedicate my life to You. I believe that Your Son Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He rose from the dead to show me the new eternal life You have for me. I believe solely in Jesus to save me, that He paid my debt of sin 100%. And because of Jesus, I am forgiven. Thank you for this forgiveness. Please live inside of me, be my Savior and Lord, and enable me to live for You. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, God gives you this assurance:

“WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13 NASB95)

Now, live for Him!

Thank you for watching.


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