Summary: A sermon on blaspheme against the Holy Spirit based on Matthew 12:22-37 (Material taken from Dr. Jack Cottrell’s book, Power From On High, pages 228- 235 and Carl Ketcherside’s book, Heaven Help Us, chapter 7)


Nightmare, I have to preach a sermon, no preparation, lack of clothes, can’t speak.

What is common about this nightmare is the sense of panic – and the lack of control. I realize I’ve done something, or should have done something – and it’s too late. I think that feeling is also the source of more Christian nightmares than any other – the worry that you may have inadvertently committed the unpardonable sin – the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit – and now on judgment day God sends you to hell for calling the Holy Spirit a bad name and off you go, plummeting down into the fire, totally out of control- dumbstruck on the stage of judgment.


Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Main text comes from Matthew 12:22-37. Two others:

Mark 3:28-29: I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.

Luke 12:10: 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.

Few teachings of Scripture leave us more frustrated than this one. Of all the sins mentioned in the Bible, this is the one our hearts want most to be sure about, since it does seem to be the one unpardonable sin. Is it divorce? One man thought it was a murder he committed. Just a brief glance of saints of old tell us that this sin is not adultery (King David), murder (Moses and Saul of Tarsus), lying (Abraham), doubt (Job), the denial of Jesus (Peter). Some have said suicide is the unpardonable sin but Samson in Hebrews 11 makes us scratch our heads. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us that some in the church were guilty of fornication, idolatry, adultery, effeminacy, homosexuality, thievery, covetousness, drunkenness, reviling and swindling. But vs. 11 says “you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Before we say it is this or that, Scripture says so little about it that we can do little more than speculate about its true nature. Among those who have attempted to explain it, there is much disagreement about so many questions related to it.

We shall plunge ahead where few dare to go and seek to explain this doctrine the best that we can. Sticking close to Dr. Jack Cottrell’s book, Power From On High, pages 228- 235 and class notes. More detail, go to Carl Ketcherside’s Heaven Help Us, chapter 7.

Thesis: Talk about the two main views of this blasphemy, how these two views interrelate, and then end with the question, “Can this sin be committed today?”

For instances:

Two main views of blasphemy of the HS

1. A general state or attitude

Rather than a particular act, it is a disposition of the will. Unwillingness to respond to gospel.

This attitude or state of mind could be forgiven IF abandoned or repented of. What makes it unforgivable is that in fact it persists until death. A sinner who is not forgiven and then dies.

2. It is the deliberate, malicious, verbal rejection of the Holy Spirit's clear testimony to Jesus Christ while knowing that it is true.

Ketcherside says, “Without speaking, it is impossible to commit the sin of blasphemy. Blasphemy is a sin of the tongue and not merely of the heart. Blasphemy is a specific sin against the Spirit as contrasted with every other sin.”

This is the preferred view. The context of Matt. 12:31ff. seems to require it. Vs. 36-37

The sin in the first view is unforgiven or unpardoned, but not in principle unforgivable. "One who stubbornly persists in rejecting the call of God's grace will die in an unforgiven state because he dies in his sins. But his sins and stubbornness could have been forgiven at any time" (Ketcherside, 105)

The statement in Matt 12:32, that this sin shall not be forgiven "in this age," means that it must be a sin that can be completed in this age, i.e., before death.

A rejection of Jesus Christ as God and Savior in the face of clear and convincing testimony by the Spirit. (This is why it is blasphemy of the Spirit.) Such rejection of Jesus Christ even though the mind KNOWS that Jesus is truly God and Savior.

A deliberate, verbal rejection of Jesus--which may or may not involve an actual mention of the Holy Spirit. Occult- Three stages to be initiated; Blaspheme against the Father, Blaspheme against Jesus the Son, Blaspheme against the Spirit

2 weeks ago we said that modern Holy Spirit miracles might be coming from Satan or demons

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Christopher Sadoun

commented on Dec 30, 2018

Aristotle says a life span constitutes an age or aion. So He would say one age is Christ’s birth up until he died. He would say A second age would be while Christ was dead. And Aristotle would say A third age would start when Jesus rose from the dead. “Aion, transliterated aeon, is a period of longer or shorter duration, having a beginning and an end, and complete in itself. Aristotle (peri ouranou, i. 9,15) says: “The period which includes the whole time of one’s life is called the aeon of each one.” Hence it often means the life of a man, as in Homer, where one’s life (aion) is said to leave him or to consume away (Iliad v. 685; Odyssey v. 160).”( (Word Studies in the New Testament by Marvin R. Vincent. )The rest of the Marvin R. Vincent article goes on to explain away all the other competing antigospel definitions and uses of the word Aion. Replace the English word Age with the original greek word Aion. “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:32) THE FIRST AGE began at Jesus’s Birth: The “this age”. THE SECOND AGE began at Jesus’s Death: “the age to come”. THE THIRD AGE began at Jesus’s Resurrection: And is the current age and also is the age when blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven. The Third Age goes on forever. ALL GO TO HEAVEN because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the term word for unbelief. ALL GO TO HEAVEN because ALL UNBELIEF IS FORGIVEN. There is no unforgiven sin. Jesus died for ALL. ALL GO TO Heaven. EVEN THE UNBELIEVERS – Christian Universalism . The Bible and Matthew 12:32 was originally written in Greek Language. Bible Matthew 12:32 in its original text as it was first written reads like this: “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this Aion or in the Aion to come” (Bible, New Testament, Matthew 12:32) . The New Testament of the Bible was originally written in Greek. Greek was the language people spoke when Jesus was on earth and also the language in all that Roman land. So when Jesus spoke greek and used the Greek word aion(age) he would have meant a short amount of time just how it is defined in greek language and would have used it to describe the amount of time from his birth until he died, and the amount of time he was dead, and the time onward from when he rose from the dead. Because that is how the greek word Aion was understood by people back then because That was how Aristotle used the Word Aion in his writings. And Jesus would have wanted to make himself understood. . We know Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgiven at the third age because forgiveness was Jesus’s plan, and Jesus’s plan came to fruition at his resurrection. So forgiveness for Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit came to fruition at Jesus’s resurrection. . Aions are about Jesus and not about Israel. “As already noted, the Dispensationalist teaching of prophecy takes Jesus from the center of all prophecy and replaces our blessed Lord with the state of Israel. In Luke 24:44, Jesus says, “All things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Dispensationalists, in effect, have recast this section of God’s Word to say, “All things written about the state of Israel in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”” (Good News Magazine Prophecy Issue 35, Concordia Mission Society, P.O. box 8555 St Louis MO 63126) I was born Lutheran. I was Baptized in The Lutheran Church as a 1 month old infant. I went to church regularly. I learned in Sunday school. I was confirmed in the Lutheran Church. I am Lutheran. I believe everything the Lutherans teach although with the added belief that Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection was successful and powerful enough to forgive unbelief(blasphemy against the Holy Spirit) and so take ALL to Heaven. . Jesus forgave blasphemy against the Holy Spirit a long time ago when He rose from the dead, and not in the 4th Aion/age when Jesus ascended to Heaven or the 5th Aion/age when Jesus comes back to earth or some latter Aion/age after that because Jesus is Good. Otherwise Jesus is Not Good, and therefore not God. And it is forgiven in the 3rd Aion/age when Jesus rose from the dead, because all that power of bursting the gates of death of ALL deaths must have flowed like water into the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit at that time and forgave it otherwise Jesus is withholding forgiveness, and that is not good. And that would mean Jesus is not good and is holding a grudge and is therefore not God along with his Father and Holy Spirit. . Bible New Testament 12:32 is the Key Stone of the whole Structure. “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Bible New Testament Matthew 16:18) This is the doctrine that is the Rock. The Church is built on the forgiveness of Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit. The Church is Built on Unbelief being Forgiven and Unbelievers be taken to Heaven just as well as Believers. The Rock that the Church is Built on is Jesus Died for ALL ALL go to Heaven. You can Not lay another foundation for the Church. Jesus Died for ALL ALL go to Heaven is what the Church preached allways its first 500 years before Rome took over and took away the rock upon which the Church was Built. Peter Expressed unbelief 3 times before the rooster crowed. Peter Blasphemed the Holy Spirit 3 times before the rooster crowed. The Church is Built on the Doctrine of Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit being forgiven, and Not on the Person(apostle) named Peter. . . It is Ironic the more You try to not blasphemy the Holy Spirit the more there is the temptation to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit. And the more You believe the Bible, the scarier Matthew 12:31-32 is if You don’t have the original Greek Bible Passage. Jesus Died for ALL ALL go to Heaven. Jesus Died for You You will go to Heaven. Jesus Died for Me I will go to Heaven. written by: Christopher Sadoun

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