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Summary: Jesus says this is the only sin for which we cannot be forgiven. What is it? This sermon answers that question.

What Is Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit?

Matthew 12:22-32

[22]Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.

[23] And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

[24] Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."

[25] But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

[26] If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

[27] And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

[28] But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

[29] Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. [30] He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

[31] "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

[32] Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

I saw a TV program recently about Carla Faye Tucker.

In 1984, she was convicted of brutally murdering 2 people.

She was given the Death Penalty by the Judge and jury.

During her 14 years of incarceration,

Karla Faye accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Many people tried to get her Death Penalty set aside.

They said Karla Faye had been forgiven of her sins.

She was executed by lethal injection on February 3, 1998.

Several years ago I was visiting with a man in a hospital.

The topic of being saved came up.

I told the man that Jesus will forgive us for anything we have done.

This man said to me,

“I’ve done too many bad things to get to heaven.”

Can a person sin so badly that God would never forgive him?

Can a man become such a murderer, drunkard, pervert, liar, etc.

that he is beyond the grace of God?

What did Jesus say?

Look again at Verse 31: "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

The Gospels of Mark and Luke put it this way:

Mark 3:28-30

"Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; [29] but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"-- [30] because they said, "He has an unclean spirit."

Luke 12:10

And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.

There are many people who wonder

if maybe they have committed this unpardonable sin.

Just what is “blasphemy against the Spirit “?

To fully understand the meaning of Jesus’ words,

we need to see the complete context.

Look, again, at verses 22 and 23: Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. [23] And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

Jesus liked to go out early to an isolated place to pray.

At the beginning of this busy day,

Jesus was returning to the place He was staying.

When He arrived,

the place was full of people eager to listen or to be healed.

So Jesus began to help them.

Jesus cast a demon out of a man

who was blind and unable to speak.

So all the people were “amazed."

Jesus healed a person right where everyone could see it!

There was no denying the miracle that Jesus had performed.

The multitude was so amazed that they began asking,

"Can this be the Son of David?"

Now, those words "Son of David" were very important.

Those people were beginning to wonder if Jesus

was the promised Messiah, the Son of God.

While Jesus was teaching and healing,

the Pharisees and Scribes were present as usual.

They always came looking for a way to discredit Jesus.

When the crowd said He might be the "Son of David"

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