While the Bible talks so much about the mercy of God, it also constantly reminds us that God is also a consuming fire.
Remember that God’s word is a two-edged sword. God says that He can kill and at the same time, He can give life. He can cast someone down and he can also pull someone up.
From the beginning of Creation, God made provision for the fall of man. He knew from the beginning that man can sin and fall short of His glory, so He already prepared His Son Jesus Christ ahead of time to be the One who will be sacrificed for the remission and forgiveness of the sins of man.
Although in the old testament, people offered animals like bull, goat, ram, pigeon, etc for the remission of their sins, however, in the new testament, we are meant to understand that Jesus sacrifice on the cross was a once for all perfect sacrifice.
This is unlike in the old testament where sacrifices were made constantly for the remission of sins. Even at that, it did not cleanse the people completely or perfectly.
Now, one thing that really baffles me is why Jesus clearly stated that there is a sin which cannot be forgiven. I find this quite puzzling that in spite of God’s abundant and overflowing mercy, He chose not to forgive a particular sin. This sin is a sin called ‘Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit’.
What does it mean to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit?
Foremost, blasphemy means a behavior or language that insults or shows a lack of respect for God or religion. Blasphemy is not an unconscious act. It is one thing to be ignorant of something and another to have knowledge of something and purposely ignore it. It is one thing to be ignorant of the God, and another to know Him but yet deny Him. This is explained in Hebrews 10:29.
To blaspheme against the Holy Spirit means to deliberately or consciously deny the Holy Spirit or His works, even when you know very well that He is the one behind it. God is very fierce in punishing people when they offend the Holy Spirit, as you can see in Isaiah 63:10. That is why the Bible says we should not grieve the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:30.
Jesus clearly stated in Matthew 12:31-32 that all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven. He went further to say that if someone speaks a word against the Son of man (Jesus), it shall be forgiven that person: but if someone speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will never be forgiven that person in this world or in the world to come. This is very shocking and fearful!
If you check the book of Mark 3:28-30 and in Luke 12:10, He mentioned the same issue again. But this time, it was clearly stated that the reason was because the people said that Jesus had an unclean spirit and that He was casting out demons by the ruler of demons. It was a question of them knowing the truth, yet denying it.
May God have mercy on us and help us not to grieve the Holy Spirit or blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.
Finally, what do you think about God not forgiving people for the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Let’s hear from you by dropping your comments below.