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31"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.32 "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 in this age or in the age to come.
One of the first questions people have when they read this verse is, "Have I committed the unpardonable sin? Have I spoken against the Holy Spirit to the point that I can't be forgiven?"
One word of comfort I have for you is that if you are a Christian and have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have not committed this sin.
Simply put, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is your rejection of the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ all your life.
Those whom commit blasphemy of the Holy Spirit are those who speak against Jesus Christ and the message of salvation.
Maybe it's something you used to do before you became a Christian.
There was a man in the bible that did the same thing, and even went beyond speaking against Jesus and Christians; this man put Christians to their death.
Who is he?
Acts 7:58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
The person being stoned to death here is Stephen, the first martyr for Christ.
But who is this Saul?
Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
Saul was not a good man, to say the least. He was one who hated Christians and had them thrown in jail and took pride in having them killed.
So who is this Saul?
Acts 9:3-6 3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
Jesus met Saul on the road to Damascus and he was converted to a Christian.
But who is this Saul?
Acts 13:8-10 (NLT) 8 But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Saul and Barnabas said. He was trying to turn the governor away from the Christian faith.
9 Then Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked the sorcerer in the eye and said, 10 "You son of the Devil, full of every sort of trickery and villainy, enemy of all that is good, will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?
Saul is who we know as Paul, as you read this verse it's hard to believe that Paul once persecuted the church.
Acts 9:20-21 20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?"
1 Cor 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Saul or Paul originally was committing the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit because he rejected the message of Jesus Christ. But the Lord spoke to his heart, and he believed in Jesus. And Paul ended up writing 1/3 of the New Testament.
I tell you all of this because if you rejected Jesus and the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart in the past, there is no need to worry about the past, because Jesus paid for all your sins on the cross at Calvary.
Just as Jesus spoke to Paul's heart and he became a Christian, the Lord has spoken to your heart and you to are a Christian too.
And as a Christian you can rest assure that Jesus has forgiven you for rejecting Him in the past just as He forgave Paul, and you WILL spend eternity in heaven with Jesus.
And you will also get to meet Paul there too.