At one point or another we have probably all run into or have been told about the unforgivable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. This verse makes many Christians nervous because of the thought that there is a sin that is so bad that if you just happen to be caught on a bad day and you commit this terrible sin, you are no longer able to be forgiven. The good thing is that this is not the case, and you cannot just all of a sudden commit this type of sin, and I will explain this to you today.
First off I just want to start out with putting the specific scripture up:
Mark 3:28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
Alright so based on the overall context of this verse, we must first realize that Jesus is dealing with the Pharisees, who were experts in the law and did not believe whatsoever that Christ was who He claimed to be. Even despite all of the miracles, wisdom, knowledge, and power that Jesus Christ showed these Pharisees refused to believe Him, and their minds could not be changed. In fact they called Him possessed by the ruler of demons.
Now the Holy Spirit was given to us for many different reasons, one of them being to guide our conscience and help us to live a righteous life in Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we inherently know right from wrong. But when we go against the Holy Spirit we are actually choosing to call good evil and evil good. When we get to this point we become so hardened towards God that no matter what anybody says or what signs we see we refuse to believe in Him.
Essentially you become like the Pharisees, condemning and disbelieving in Jesus Christ no matter what. When we begin believing that good is evil and evil is good, we are calling the Holy Spirit who leads our conscience a liar, which is blasphemy.
So God calls blasphemy against the Holy Spirit an unforgivable sin because when we get to the point where we begin believing the Holy Spirit is a liar, we have gotten to a point where it does not matter what people say, our heart will be so hardened towards God and His Son Jesus Christ that nothing will change our minds. And because of this we would be unrepentant of our sins, and therefore could not be forgiven. Thus the reason for Jesus deeming it the unforgivable sin.
For simplicity sakes here is the first part of the verse re-written in my own words:
“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who calls the Holy Spirit a liar by believing that good is evil and evil is good, has hardened their hearts indefinitely towards Jesus Christ and will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.”