What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?

The word, ‘blaspheme’ is usually defined in the terms of speech. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words uses synonyms for blasphemes such as ‘evil speaking’, ‘railing’, ‘defame’ and ‘revile’. When Jesus said the only unforgivable sin is to blaspheme The Holy Spirit, yet the New Testament later promises forgiveness of all sins, what does that mean?

A closer look at to whom Jesus was speaking and why He spoke those words might bring some clarity to the issue. In the book of Matthew, Chapter 12, we see Jesus driving out demons. The Pharisees accused Him of working in league with Satan to do so. Jesus then spoke to the Pharisees about ‘a kingdom divided,’ which means that Satan would not attack his own kingdom; therefore, the Kingdom of God must have come.

Jesus then spoke about the ‘unforgivable sin,’ and admonished the Pharisees’ tongue. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” (Matt. 12:35). Therefore, to blaspheme The Holy Spirit is more a condition of the inner self. To blaspheme The Holy Spirit is not so much an action of the tongue as it is a matter of unbelief. If one is to revile The Holy Spirit in his heart, he has become an unbeliever. He has then just shut the door to salvation upon himself by choice. The only way one cannot be forgiven is to have a heart so hard that one cannot have the capacity to any longer recognize and therefore yield to the Holy Spirit.

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