So surfing the net for obscurity and along comes this one: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Thank you to Tim Greenwood for the matter below which I have abridged for the purposes of a more scholastic presentation:
The Word of God says that there are only two situations in which a man or woman cannot receive forgiveness. The first and most common is when they are in a state of unforgiveness. That is to say that they have been wronged (or sinned against) and they refuse to forgive the person, which we find in Mark 11:25.
The second is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. It is this second situation that is addressed in this post.
Mat. 12:31 says, “Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
Here are some Biblical excerpts about the Spirit:
The Holy Spirit can be RESISTED.
Acts 7:51 You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are for ever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.
The Holy Spirit can be QUENCHED.
1Th 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can be GRIEVED.
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
What kind of things grieves the Holy Spirit? Read the next verse…
Vs. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,
The Holy Spirit can be QUIETED.
Zech 6:8 Then he cried out to me, ‘Lo, those who go towards the north country have set my spirit at rest in the north country.’
How can one “quiet” the Holy Spirit? He will never force Himself upon you. If you continually resist Him, or “say” that you don’t want to hear what He has to say… He will back off and be quiet where you are concerned.
The Holy Spirit can be INSULTED.
Heb 10:29 How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?
The Holy Spirit can be BLASPHEMED.
Which brings us to our scripture. But before we continue, I want to recap that the Holy Spirit can be: Resisted, Quenched, Grieved, Quieted and Insulted – None of these are Blasphemy! You can resist Him, grieve Him, quiet Him and even insult Him and yet not commit the unpardonable sin by blaspheming Him. But, the Holy Spirit can be BLASPHEMED as is shown in Mat 12:31.”Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
What this is saying is that every other kind of sin and every other kind of blasphemy can be forgiven. The scripture says ALL! In the Greek language “all” is always translated as… ‘ALL’! (or every one). So what if you were an axe murderer? ALL! What if you were a child molester? ALL! ALL means ALL!
… but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven.
So what is “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”?
Vs 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
But what does that mean, “speaking against the Holy Spirit”?
“Blasphemy” is something slanderous and/or injurious to one’s good name. And the Greek word for “against” can mean “according to the case against” or “to the charge of” which is legal language. So what I believe this is saying is that “speaking blasphemy against” the Holy Spirit is like when someone one knowingly and deliberately as a legal witness attributes the works, operations and/or gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Devil or attributes the works, operations of the Devil to the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees did this when Jesus was casting out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit. They proclaimed: “He cast out demon spirits by the power of Beelzebub!”
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is something that is said deliberately – in abundance – from the heart. How do we know that? We know that from the context of the rest of this passage.
Vs. 33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
Vs. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Vs. 35 The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure.
Vs. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgement you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter;
Vs. 37 or by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Should anyone be seeking pastoral care from me in the matter of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit I now know more, and so do you!
If you require an example then grab a bucket and watch this. WARNING!!! NSFW, not safe for anything…