Updated: May 30
In order to understand the danger of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, you must first seek to find out who is the Holy Spirit, and what does it mean to blaspheme, and how you can blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. For starters, 2 Corinthians 3:17 says,” Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. This scripture is very clear. The Bible clearly explains that Jesus Christ is the Spirit of God, and once you’ve had any form of encounter with Jesus Christ, you will experience that feeling of freedom, and a consciousness of what is right. Jesus had been teaching on earth throughout His three and a half years. They all knew of Him and would have been somewhat familiar with His teachings or heard of him. They spent all their time opposing it.
Jesus is Lord, so the Lord is Himself the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is what leads you into ALL Truth. What is the Truth? John 17:17 explains it perfectly. Sanctify them (purge and purify them from sin) with the Truth, The Word of God (Jesus Christ) is the Truth. If the Word comes to guide you into ALL Truth, and you hear of Jesus and His teachings which is also the Word, and you keep refusing and hardening your heart from the Truth; then your consciousness automatically rejects the Holy Spirit, who is assigned to guide you into the paths of righteousness through the Word of God/Jesus Christ.
Wherever there is the presence of one, there is the presence of all. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have been present from the very beginning. They were intricately interwoven in the creation process of the world. Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters”.
The Holy Spirit was present as the earth was being formed. While Jesus was speaking, the world was being formed, and all while the Spirit of God glided over the earth, making it complete. Where you find one, you will find all because He is the Triune God. (Father, Son, Holy Ghost).
The Holy Spirit also plays a very integral role in the whole process of salvation. John 6:44 says, “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day, I will raise them up.” This is Jesus Himself speaking to the disciples before His ascension back to heaven. The Holy Spirit is who draws them to Jesus. The Father gave the orders, Jesus spoke, and the Spirit of God/Jesus executed/carried out the orders, and the world was created. This is serious stuff. When you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, what you really do, is to automatically put up a resistance to the Truth which is Jesus Christ/The Word Himself.
Jesus spent an additional forty days on earth after His resurrection. His physical body that housed Him on earth had just been murdered by His very own people, so He was operating on earth in His Spirit form. In that season, He taught His disciples of the kingdom, but Jesus had to leave, so that His Spirit could operate legally. His mission was accomplished, and He had to go back to the right hand of God. This was the only way the Spirit of Truth could come, that He could guide you the chosen into ALL Truth.
John 16:13 says, ‘But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the Truth [full and complete Truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father, the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. Let me remind you that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man Himself. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. The Spirit of Truth is who expressly speaks whatever He hears God says to Him regarding Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the one who guides you by way of the Word of God into eternal life through Jesus Christ. He brings it to your remembrance. Continual resistance will lean to the hardening of your heart to the Truth. It is a strategy of the enemy, and it leads mankind further away from humility, and even further away from the presence of God. If you refuse to repent of your sins and seek forgiveness. How can God grant you forgiveness? Romans 4:17 tells you that we do not receive stuff from God because we don’t ask Him. How will you get it, if you don’t ask or rather don’t want it? 1 John 1:9 says, if you confess your faults, He is faithful and just, to forgive you of your sins, and to cleanse you of ALL unrighteousness.
What is blasphemy?
Let’s see if we can get a better understanding. There is only one eternal or unforgivable sin recorded in the Bible, and that is the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which some also call the sin unto death. It is spiritual death/separation from the presence of God forever, with no chance of ever getting forgiveness from God. Not in this life, or ever, which is very dangerous for your soul.
The Merriam Webster dictionary describes blasphemy as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God; and/or the act of claiming the attributes of a deity”. Blasphemy originated from the Greek word “blasphēmia”, and strangely, there is no Hebrew Word to describe blasphemy, but God used the scriptures to explain it perfectly.
This can be found in a few passages of the Synoptic Gospels. Mark’s illustration is perfectly explained. Pay close attention to Mark 3:22-30 it reads, “And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons." And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin", for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit." The answer can be found right here in this scripture. Let’s dissect the narrative. Jesus had casted out a demon, and the scribes who were not religious men, but rather had knowledge of the law, decided to oppose Jesus saying Jesus was operating under satan's spirit.
It is important to know who the scribes were, versus who the pharisees were to make a clear distinction. The Bible likens the sect of scribes like unto lawyers. They were able to sign off on legal documents such as, deeds, contracts and even sale of land. They were mostly landowners, such as farmland and properties. They were men of high authority in their time.
They were more on the philosophical side, and so their spiritual ignorance had caused a hardening of their hearts. They had refused to accept the teachings and miracles performed by Jesus, the very person that came to save them. The scribes were very similar to the pharisees, who also had a knowledge of the law. The scribes were not a religious group but the pharisees were. They may have seemed similar, but they were two predominantly different groups. Their motives however had striking similarities, which was to oppose Jesus. Their knowledge had risen a state of pride into their hearts, which closed the eyes of their hearts, thus causing them to be blinded (spiritually) from seeing the Truth (Jesus the Christ of Nazareth).
As a result of their spiritual ignorance, they spoke words of grave disrespect, implying that Jesus was operating under the powers of baal-zebub (satan himself). Jesus had just casted out a demon. He was operating under the Spirit of God, who was operating from instructions of the Father (God) Himself. They immediately saw the power of God in operation, but compared it to that of baal-zebub.
Who Is Baalzebub?
The Greek form of the word baal-zebub is known as beel-zebub, which was the god of flies, and the god of filth. The word baal means “lord”; baal was also the Canaanites' god of fertility. We see in Matthew 12:24 that Jesus identifies and calls out “baal-zebub,” satan, linking the devil to baal-zebub, which is also a Philistine deity found in the Book of 2 Kings 1:2. The weakness of the Israelites was idol worshipping. They were oftentimes severely punished by God because they were led away by the worshipping of other gods such as baal worshipping. They committed this sin in the Book of Judges 3:7. God’s commandments were clear to His people; you SHALL NOT have any other gods but Me.
In Matthew 12:24 Jesus immediately identifies the spirit that opposed Him through the scribes as satan himself. Their philosophical background intertwined with spiritual ignorance, and the hardening of their hearts to Jesus’ teachings and miracles; opened the door for the spirit of satan to operate through them and God decided to shut it down immediately.
Not only did the scribes disrespect the Holy Spirit, but satan also took the opportunity to claim the works of the Holy Spirit through the scribes’ remarks. Jesus had to clear up some stuff. First things first. See, first he had to address satan himself who seemed mad as hell at Jesus who been delivering the people from their demonic oppressions. Jesus was causing big problems for his kingdom, so he showed up at this deliverance service Jesus was having. He even had the audacity, to take the glory for something that the Holy Spirit did. Jesus was offended because He was just too nasty, evil and lie, to be compared to the Holy Spirit (The Spirit of Truth/Jesus Christ).
They had invited the devil into their hearts, and he surely operated through them. They disrespected God Himself and our Holy Set Apart deity, by comparing the works of the Holy Spirit to that of the god of flies and filth, satan Himself. That was clear disrespect to the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord. The very one, whose purpose on earth at the time, was to teach the people how they could have eternal life forever. He was there to die for a sin He never committed, all so the world could be set free from sin that satan had trapped them in. Whether they want to accept it, is totally up to them.
Jesus’s explanation CANNOT be overlooked or explained in any other way or context. It is clear. At the end of Matthew 12:24 Jesus summed up the verdict in one sentence; that the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit Himself would NEVER BE FORGIVEN. It reads, “But is guilty of an eternal sin", for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit." Jesus explained, clearly, the mere fact that they said that the Holy Spirit was an unclean spirit, they would never be granted any pardon. He set that encounter with the pharisees as a precedent. It was official, He made it an eternal sin. Matthew 12:24 was now God’s law, and these scribes would receive no forgiveness for their spiritual ignorance.
These group of men did have an opportunity to know about Jesus. After all, they spent all their time opposing Him, but Jesus did not excuse or pardon their sins against the Holy Spirit. It was their choice to harden their hearts enough, to allow the enemy in, to speak ill against the works of the Holy Spirit. Jesus described this type of behavior as unforgiveable. The Merriam Webster dictionary’s explanation of blasphemy was indeed perfectly defined as; “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God ”.
Jesus was offended, and angry at the fact that satan operating through the opposing hearts of these scribes, had called the works of the Holy Spirit satan’s work. They were too spiritually ignorant and blind because of their choice, and because of their pride. Jesus was there to save them.
Nicodemus was a pharisee. All these sects and communities were friends across the board, they often met. Nicodemus was interested enough in Jesus’ teachings, to arrange to hide and meet Jesus in the middle of the night. Why? Jesus’ teachings had gotten his full attention and he wanted more. Jesus had told Him that he had to be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and Nicodemus wanted to know how. See John 3:3.
The scribes along with the pharisees and saducees were agents of satan on earth. They had been on assignment to cause problems for Jesus since He started to teach on earth. They had no real interest in Jesus’ teachings. It was all a part of the plan of satan. God used that encounter to set the precedent (Scriptures). It still applies to us today. The Word of God doesn't change. It is from generation to generation. consequence of their choice to harden their hearts against Jesus, enough to speak ill against the Holy Spirit, led to them be cursed with eternal damnation by Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ (Word) is the same yesterday and today and forever".
One of the rules of the Road Traffic Act here in Jamaica states that “Ignorance to the law is no excuse”. The same applies spiritually then and even today. This is what Jesus showed us in this scripture. These scribes were ignorant to Jesus’ teachings, but Jesus didn’t care. What they did was unforgiveable to God. Jesus speaks expressly what the Father tells Him to do. That was a clear order from God Himself through Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, The Spirit of the Lord is Holy, and should therefore be highly revered by all of mankind, and by all nations. It should not be compared to the works of the devil. It is wrong to say that it does not apply today. The danger of saying it does not apply today leads to spiritual death and separation from God. In Hosea 4:6 the prophet Hosea had observed that the people of Israel perished because they lacked true knowledge of the Word of God. If the children of Israel had known the Word of God, then they would not have been led away so much to worship and prostitute themselves with false baal gods. It might sound far fetched I know, but other nations respected their deity to the highest order. Some were even put to death for speaking against their deity. Jesus had made it clear, and there is no going around it. You will be sentenced to death by God (separation from God forever) for blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.
Dear Lord, I thank you for loving me enough to send your Holy Spirit to guide me into ALL Truth. I ask that you help me to walk into the paths of righteousness, and not to harden my heart to your Truth. Open the eyes of my heart Dear Lord, so that I can see you clearly and hear your Holy Spirit audibly. Father I pray that I will stay in your presence forever, so that my heart will not be hardened enough to disrespect Your lovingkindness that you have shown towards me. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to change my life forever.