This is what God gave me today in His word:
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. (Matthew 12:31)
A quick warning: you may find that I’ve over-clarified to the point of confusion. It may help to just skip to the last paragraph to see what I’m actually saying.
The only thing that won’t be forgiven, is… Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? I would’ve thought that the one and only sin that won’t be forgiven would be something more (physically) dramatic, like blowing up someone’s house, or mass-murder. What makes “blasphemy against the Spirit” so bad that it won’t be forgiven? (Its important to know what it is, in order to not do it). To answer that, let’s review what blasphemy actually is:
“the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God” (According to: this dictionary)
What could you do to be irreverent to the Holy Spirit? Would hitting Him be insulting? Possibly, but as its completely impossible to hit the Holy Spirit, that doesn’t bear thinking about. What about taking His name in vain? That’s the typical thing we think about when we talk about blasphemy after all. And, to be sure, that would likely offend Him. But, is it truly unforgivable?
The thing is, we’re not looking at what the Holy Spirit actually comes to do, and therefore can’t see what truly sinning against Him would be. He comes to show us, and convict us of our own sin and depravity, and to point us to Jesus as our cure. If we ignore that, we’re sinning against the Holy Spirit. We’re “blaspheming” the Holy Spirit, because when we reject Christ as our savior, we are putting ourself in the place of God; saying that we have the power to save ourself, which we most certainly do not.
To put it simply: rejecting Christ is the only sin which will never be forgiven.
You are Loved!