“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:8-12
This passage is known as the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
What is it?
Have I committed it?
Is it possible that I can never be forgiven?
Scary, isn’t it?
To understand what this passage is referring to, we must go back to Genesis and the first sin.
Adam and Eve had it all. The beautiful place to live, all the food they wanted to eat. They walked with God in the garden, no fear, no shame, no sickness, no want, or need. Lovely, complete, it was glorious. But satan came with the temptation to eat that one piece of forbidden fruit. It looked good. It would make them wise, and of course, satan promised that they wouldn’t surely die.
So, they took it, and they ate. It probably even tasted delicious… for a moment. But one bite and they changed. One bite and the world changed. The result was enormous.
What happened because of one sin? First of all, God’s presence left them and instantly they knew they were naked, followed by a new emotion, shame. They tried to cover their shame, and they hid from God. God pronounced the price for this one act of disobedience. There would now be suffering, pain, thorns, sweat, toil, and of course death.
All of that for one single solitary sin…
And all of it for the entire world…
All of it for all time…
Quite a price for one sin.
But then came one single solitary Man. His name was Jesus. He came for all. When Jesus went to the cross He took the nakedness, the shame, the separation from God, the horrible pain, the excruciating suffering. He wore the thorns as a crown.
Sin came into the world by one man, but it cost the life of God to pay for it. Jesus died!
His body was laid in a tomb. The people thought He was dead and gone. But three days later, an event happened that split the tomb open, split time, and would split the world. Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered sin, not just Adam and Eve’s sin, but all sin, for every person, for all time.
Death could not hold Him in the grave. Every sin was covered, every sin conquered because the price for one sin was death. Had there been a sin that would not be forgiven, death would have kept Jesus in the grave, but He rose.
So then, what is this blasphemy that won’t be forgiven? What is the sin that can’t be covered?
It is not a thought that you’ve had. It is not something you said. It is not a sin you engaged in. It is not something you have done.
It is something you haven’t done. If you have not received the gift of salvation, you have rejected the call of the Holy Spirit. The call by the Holy Spirit is to receive God’s gift of eternal life. Christ’s death and resurrection are available, but must be received.
To never heed the call of God’s Spirit to come to Christ, means one’s sin is not forgiven.
Receive the Lord Jesus Christ today, and you will be forgiven.