THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT
What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Our Lord’s words about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit arose from the ascription by the Jewish leaders of His works to “Beelzebub,” implying that “He had an unclean spirit.” Whether they KNEW intelligently He was actually working by the Holy Spirit is not said, but they were no doubt speaking deliberately against the Lord, and that was a very heinous sin, leading on to His cruel death at Calvary. Could a more dreadful sin be imagined? Yes, there was one greater. That could be forgiven, and many of His murderers were indeed forgiven on repentance (Acts 2:38), through the testimony of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. What, then, is this more grievous sin, for which there is no forgiveness? It is the deliberate rejection of the testimony of the Holy Spirit; it is the sin of apostacy. When this sin has been reached, “It is impossible to renew again to repentance” (Hebrews 6:6). It is not that those guilty want to repent and are refused, but it is impossible to get them to want to repent. They become adversaries (see Hebrews 10:27). One thing seems certain, that no one who desires forgiveness has committed the unpardonable sin. Where there is the desire, confession is still available, with immediate forgiveness and cleansing for the Lord’s sake (see 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:1, 2).