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Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

- Matthew 12:31-32

But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

- Mark 3:29

 

  • Maliciously - With deep hatred, evil intent, and desire to inflict injury upon another

  • Blasphemes - Speaks irreverently and evilly of God and sacred matters in order to mock with true religion

  • Transcends - Goes above or beyond

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    And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

    - Luke 12:10

    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.

    And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.

    If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

    - Hebrews 6:4-6

     

    which it is not necessary to pray. It is a sin of degrees, of deepening steps taken over time. It is the ultimate rejection of God. To commit this sin one must have received a clear knowledge of the truth and have "tasted" an impression of the truth in his conscience and emotions. He must be convinced of God's truth to a degree to make an honest denial of it impossible. In his mind and conscience, he must be convinced of the truth.

    The unpardonable sin is committed when, against this background of mental knowledge and conviction, a person consciously, willfully, and maliciously rejects, slanders, and blasphemes the evidence and testimony of the Holy Spirit regarding the grace of God in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the end, from his deep hatred and enmity, he speaks of the truth as the lie, Christ as Satan, and the Holy Spirit as the spirit of hell.This sin is unpardonable, not because its guilt transcends the merits or abilities of Christ to save or because the person who committed it is beyond the power of the Holy Spirit to save; but because, in this sin of degrees, the sinner refuses to repent, hardens his heart, sears his conscience, and God finally gives him over to himself.

    This sin is unpardonable, not because its guilt transcends the merits or abilities of Christ to save or because the person who committed it is beyond the power of the Holy Spirit to save; but because, in this sin of degrees, the sinner refuses to repent, hardens his heart, sears his conscience, and God finally gives him over to himself.

    The result of this sin is a person who displays a pronounced hatred of God, a defiant attitude toward true religion, and a devilish delight in mocking and slandering that which is holy without any remorse, sorrow, or concern for his soul or eternity.

    This terrible sin and frightful condition was displayed in Scripture by some of the Pharisees and members of the Sanhedrin, who - after hearing Christ's words and seeing His miracles, being convicted mentally of His truth, having emotionally "tasted" impressions of His power, and knowing in their consciences that He was from heaven - increasingly fought against these convictions.

    Because Jesus' teachings testified against them, the more powerfully they were convicted of the truth, the more they hated Him; until with hellish fury they denied, argued, mocked, ridiculed and blasphemed Christ. Finally, God gave them over to themselves - to the full hardening of heart and searing of conscience - to say and try to convince others that Christ was a devil; and that His spirit of power was from Beelzebub, the chief of the devils; to publicly state that Christ's testimony was blasphemy, and finally with devilish


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