The unpardonable sin
And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
I have come to understand this does not mean that when a person say something malicious against the Holy Spirit. I have also come to understand the words ‘in this age and the one to come’ does not refer to the act but the forgiveness. More importantly it is directed to Israel and Israel alone and within the stipulated time.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
As we read on you will note Jesus states this “unpardonable sin” has to do with the heart and speech.
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
More importantly notice that the issue will be dealt on the day of Judgment. It is important for us to realise the sin here is the rejection of their Messiah from the heart that eventually came out from their mouths. They (the Pharisees) shouted ‘We have no king but Caesar’. ‘Let his blood be upon us’.
This rejection eventually led to the Jewish leaders in rejecting the righteousness from Jesus and reverting back to the ‘righteousness’ through the Temple sacrifices.
Eventually there came wars led by Zealots between Jews and Rome which were initially won by Jewish rebels and their false ‘messiahs’.
However this short lived victory was overturned when Titus lay sieged over Jerusalem. The Temple was destroyed and Jerusalem was laid to waste. The nation of Israel also disappeared as persecution broke out and many fled into different parts of the world.
This is the judgment the passage is referring to. These people (the Jewish leaders) were persecuted and were killed in this incident. Their sins were not forgiven nor where in the age of the Law or in the age of grace. This is also what was meant in Hebrews 10.
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
That was how they sinned against the Holy Spirit. They insulted the Spirit of Grace by saying Jesus’s blood is common as the blood of bulls and goats.
The ‘judgment and the raging fire’ refers to what happened in AD70.
What’s my point in telling you all these things? I am not a preterits. However it is important to get certain facts correct. Many today fall under the fear of committing the unpardonable sin by saying something bad about the Holy Spirit. Many churches also teach about how one can commit the “sin that leads to death” and then use such fear against the members.
The “unpardonable sin” has also been punished in the year AD70. Do you know that Jesus had warned the believers to flee from Jerusalem? They did. They escaped. These warnings are found in Matthew’s gospel from chapter 24 onwards. That includes the parable of the 10 virgins. It is basically a story to tell you to be prepared before the doors of Jerusalem is locked in.
So the Christians fled and took the Gospel to the ends of the earth. So dear friends, the context clearly show it is not the Christians who commit the “unpardonable sin”, it is the Jewish leaders. I hope this matter is put to rest.