Questions and Answers
Q: What do the Bible verses mean concerning the unforgivable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit?
What did Jesus mean when He said, "Therefore I say unto you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either this age or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:31-32, NKJV, emphasis mine).
The Jews during the public ministry of Jesus knew of two ages: the age in which they lived and the coming prophesied age of the earthly reign of the Messiah known as the 1000 year reign of Jesus, Revelation 19. In both ages, Jesus would be physically present and this is a very important piece of information!
Jesus manifested the miracle-working, supernatural power of the Holy Spirit within Him, Acts 10:38, NKJV. The Holy Spirit's ministry was and is to make real the salvation of Christ Jesus to the hearts of men. Jesus' miracles testified of Jesus' deity and were publicly observed by the general population and the religious leaders. These leaders, Jewish Pharisees, purposely and verbally continued to attribute Jesus' miracles to the power of Satan; especially the miracle of casting demons out of people. This blatant act of rejection of the evident testimony of the Holy Spirit to the deity of Jesus resulted in their hardening their hearts to the grace of God. This is referred to as the unpardonable sin.
If these religious leaders attributed the messianic works of Jesus to Satan during their age, then their unbelief and blasphemy would prevent them from being saved. The same will be true during the 1000 year reign of Jesus on the earth, for He will once again be physically present. This particular sin cannot be committed in our day because Jesus is not dwelling among us physically.
Due to the severity with which Jesus describes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, some people unnecessarily fear they may have committed the unpardonable sin. The fact that they are concerned about a particular sin indicates they are not beyond salvation. One of the characteristics of the unpardonable sin is that the Holy Spirit ceases to convict of sin in the individual's life.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make the need of salvation real. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts each person of their sin, convinces them of the righteousness of Jesus, and convinces of the judgment to come, John 16:7-11. In our day, anyone that neglects, rejects, or simply procrastinates receiving the testimony of the Holy Spirit concerning Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will die in unbelief. If a person dies before they have repented of their sin, and trusted Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection for the payment of their sin as basis for God's forgiveness, then they have committed the only sin in which God cannot forgive—unbelief! Once an individual dies, their choice is made for eternity—never to be changed!
The question of Jesus remains, "Who do you say that I am?" Your answer will determine your eternal destiny—heaven or hell!
These are some thoughts to ponder.