One of the misunderstandings of the bible that Satan has capitalized on, to the detrimental of many souls, is the doctrine of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. He has made people think that their sins can’t be forgiven if they insult the Holy Spirit, by using Holy Spirit as a curse word like they do with Jesus or God. To be fair, our bible translators didn’t take time to find an easy-to-understand meaning for the verses that deal with the matter, but I wonder how they would have done it though, so they are not to blame nonetheless.
In Luke 12:10, the bible says “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven”. Does the bible say you would be forgiven if you say a curse word against Jesus, but you won’t be forgiven if you say the same curse word but using the Holy Spirit? It sounds like it does, but isn’t Jesus, God the Father and Holy Spirit one and the same God? The bible says that Holy Spirit is God manifested in spirit form (1 John 3:24), while Jesus is still God but manifested in a human form (John 1:1-3). So what makes it forgivable to curse Jesus when He’s God, but not Holy Spirit who is still God? It doesn’t make sense, because Jesus and Holy Spirit is one and the same God. The same curse that you would be making against Jesus would still apply to Holy Spirit, even though you used the name of Jesus. So surely blaspheming against the Holy Spirit should mean something more, besides saying a curse word to the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at the character of the Holy Spirit, and see how the Holy Spirit can be blasphemed (offended) to a point of no forgiveness for the offender. The bible describes the character of Holy Spirit as follows:
- Holy Spirit testifies to Jesus’ sovereignty (John 15:26)
If you deny that Jesus ever existed, even though the Holy Spirit testifies to His existence, then you are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. If in your mind Jesus is just like any other prophet or wise person who lived on earth, then you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit because He testifies to Jesus’ sovereignty as God in human flesh. If Jesus was never God or equal to God, if He was never conceived supernaturally, and if He was never resurrected and descended to heaven, then you are telling Holy Spirit that He’s a liar for testifying to the contrary. If you think Jesus’ death on the cross was just an ordinary death, and it has no bearing on where you spend eternity, while His blood can’t wash away all sins, then you are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. You are spitting on the face of Holy Spirit if you continually live a life of sin, when Holy Spirit testifies that bondage that sin has on people has been broken.
Do you know a way in which a person’s sins can be forgiven without going through the cross of Jesus Christ? Can a person have their sins forgiven when they deny the existence of Jesus? Can any other prophet forgive the sins of men, if Jesus was just like any other prophet? All answers are no! So are you surprised then when the bible says “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:28-29).
If you deny Jesus’ sovereignty, which Holy Spirit testifies to, then you are a lost case and nobody can help you and none of your sins can be forgiven. This is what it means by blaspheming against Holy Spirit.
- Holy Spirit ‘wrote’ the bible (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16)
If you think the bible was written without the inspiration of Holy Spirit, then you are insulting Him because He was involved in every process of the bible. When people insist that the bible has been tampered with during the Council of Nicea, then they are insulting Holy Spirit who was involved from page 1 to the last page. If the bible can’t be trusted as a factual historical account of humankind, then we are clearly telling Holy Spirit that He is a liar for telling us otherwise. If anything that Jesus or the prophets are said to have done in the bible is suspicious or unlikely, then we are questioning the honesty of Holy Spirit. So how we can expect to have our sins forgiven based on the authority of a suspicious source of the bible? If we suspect that Jesus went to the cross and rose again on the third day, then how we can be saved by the same cross and resurrection that we are not certain ever happened? It’s impossible, and as such our sins will remain unforgiven for eternity.
- Holy Spirit convicts the world of guilt (sins) (John 16:7)
The most unpopular people in the world are pastors who preach against all kinds of sins. They are unpopular because they stir up Holy Spirit to work in people’s hearts and lives. If you are a fornicator, you will never tolerate a sermon that preaches against fornication, not because the pastor would be insulting your intelligence with ancient stereotypes, but because Holy Spirit would transfer that sermon from the pastor’s mouth straight to the depths of your heart. When that happens, you are left with no choice but recognize that you are a sinner faced with God’s wrath, and you need to repent. This is the same reason many people with sin issues stay away from churches, or even choose those churches that never preach against sin. They make sure that they stay away from any preaching that will stir up Holy Spirit, so they can’t be bothered with the reality of the sins that engulf their hearts.
So how do you blaspheme against Holy Spirit then? You blaspheme against Him by refusing to repent from your sins even after He penetrated your heart and convicted you of your sins. You blaspheme against Him by refusing to listen to any sermon that will convict you of your sins, while tolerating those sermons that won’t make you uncomfortable. In this way, your sins remain unforgiven for eternity. As the bible says “how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14). You are not going to have your sins forgiven, if you refuse to listen to (or read) anything that will get you to a point of repentance and asking for forgiveness. That’s blaspheming against Holy Spirit’s power to convict the world of guilt!
- Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and teacher of all things concerning God and the Bible (John 14:17, 25)
I have seen people with Doctorates in Theology, who are the biggest deniers of the truths of the bible. They have studied the bible without the assistance of Holy Spirit, and they wonder why the bible is difficult for them to understand or believe. Some of them have managed to find contradictions where there are none, because they denied Holy Spirit the opportunity to play His role as a teacher of the bible and all things concerning God. They blasphemed against Holy Spirit by trying to do His role as a teacher themselves. No wonder some of them declare themselves atheist, and as such their sins remain unforgiven for all eternity. The last time I checked, atheists are those people who refuse to have their sins forgiven, and the bible is right when it says they have committed sins that can’t be forgiven by blaspheming against Holy Spirit.
As we have seen, saying curse words against Holy Spirit is not what the bible refers to when it speaks of ‘blaspheming against Holy Spirit’, even though curse words could lead to an unrepentant heart towards God and more importantly unforgivable sins. The bible described the doctrine of ‘blaspheming against Holy Spirit’ perfectly in Proverbs 29:1. It says “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy”. Take note of the words ‘without remedy’. It clearly shows that ‘blaspheming against Holy Spirit’ is not a New Testament teaching, but it has been there all along, and it doesn’t refer to specifically cursing but rather an unrepentant heart towards warnings and efforts by Holy Spirit.
Are you scared you might have blasphemed against Holy Spirit and committed an unforgivable sin? Don’t worry, the fact that you are worried about forgiveness of your sins and the guilt thereof, shows that Holy Spirit has succeeded in your life, in His role as one who ‘convicts the world of guilt’. As the proverb says ‘the first step to getting help is to recognize that you do’, and you do recognize that you do need God’s forgiveness. So all you need to do is ask God for forgiveness and He will forgive you, curse words or not He will forgive you.
Charles Spurgeon said on “The Unpardonable Sin”:
One friend perhaps says, “I am afraid that I have committed the unpardonable sin.” If you come to Christ, you have not, I know; for he who comes to Him, Jesus will in no wise cast out. He cannot, therefore, have committed the unpardonable sin. Come along with you, man, and if you are blacker than all the rest of the sinners in the world, so much the more glorious shall be the grace of God when it shall have proved its power by washing you whiter than snow in the precious blood of Jesus.