What is “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”?

The unpardonable sin. The unforgivable sin. Call it what you will, it is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and a few days ago I blogged about an atheist institution which I felt was being irrational about its dealing with what it was. I have since removed that entry because it is quite likely I was being even more irrational in my response.

Well, at least it is possible I was being irrational. I removed the entry because I want to be as honest as possible with my entries but especially with my dealings with other people.

If the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is only the attribution of Jesus’ miracles to the power of demons or the Devil rather than to the Holy Spirit, than my response was rational and justifiable and I wish I hadn’t deleted it.

However, if the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (and thus the unpardonable sin) is any vilification or defamation of the Holy Spirit, then the atheists are correct in their understanding. If this is the case, I was correct and justified in deleting the entry.

I want to be as true to the Scriptures as possible, but I cannot find where the attribution of Jesus’ miracles to demons is the only blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Rather, Jesus just says that it is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit but rather does not seem to limit it to only such an act.:”(Matthew 12:22-32)”:

Indeed, such an attribution regarding Jesus’ miracles is not in view when Jesus mentions the unpardonable sin in Luke 12:10, though the commentaries I have checked made no mention of that fact and straightway referred back to Matthew 12 to support the limiting view that the unpardonable sin is the errant attribution of Jesus’ miracles to demons.

In some explanations of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, the passage in Luke isn’t even mentioned, making me all the more curious as to the role it plays.

Is it unpardonable to speak any ill word against the Holy Spirit? Certainly far more have done that than have attributed Jesus’ miracles to demons, and that certainly supports what Jesus said about there being many on the board road to destruction.:”(Matthew 7:13)”: After all, one doesn’t need to accept anything supernatural in order to defame the Holy Spirit verbally; one simply (and tragically) need only speak a few words.

So, what is the resolution to the matter, and why is it I can’t even find a straight answer regarding Luke 12 in the commentaries? That is quite frustrating!

I can, however, take comfort in knowing that the elect are still the elect and thus cannot commit the unpardonable sin, whatever it may be. Those who are unbelievers are sinners both before and after they blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and it is on the merit of those sins as well that eternal judgment awaits.

I’m not worried about what the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is, but I have a love for truth and would therefore like to understand this accurately. It was important enough for Jesus’ to speak of, after all!

6 thoughts on “What is “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”?”

  1. i once heard someone say that the blasphemy of the holy spirit is knowing the power of it then denying its exsistance.. im not saying this is 100% truth, im just telling what i have heard the blasphemy of the holy spirit to be…

  2. Hello, I really need your help. I was reading your web page and am concerned that I have commited the unpardonable sin, this is the story:

    I was fine, having dinner on the table when my friend told me about the unpardonable sin, which I didn’t know existed. I was so frightened that these blasphemous thoughts kept comming into my head, eg swear words etc… each time i rebuked them in the name of Jesus. Then the swear words stopped, then as I was researching about the unpardonable sin on the internet, a thought came into my head while i was reading about how the pharisee accused Jesus as drawing his power from a demon, – the thought was ‘what if its true’ came into my head – i then rebuked the thought in the name of Jesus. I am so worried and am suffering from depression, it has been 2 weeks now. I dont know if that thought was from me or from satan. What if it was from me – I just dont know??

    During this whole situation, my desire for salvation through Jesus has become so strong and I have repented all of my sins and confessed them to God.

    I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again and of course I am aware that my only means of salvation is through him. (i believed this both before and after the thought came into my head)

    I cant help thinking that I am lost even though all I want to do is be a christian and serve God.

    Please help me if you can.


  3. I have often heard it said that if you are concerned that you have committed the unpardonable sin, chances are you probably haven’t.

    Find your assurance in Jesus Christ. If truly you have believed in Him, there is now no condemnation for you.

    If you had walked away from Christ & blasphemed Him & His Holy Spirit, then it is likely you went out from the church because you were never really a part of it.

    However, you seem to have never left your faith behind. You are still drawn to the Jesus, still believe He is your Savior. Based upon that, I’d say you have little to worry about.

    I can’t say it enough: Let Him be your assurance, and for those who believe in Him, there is now no condemnation.

    I pray you conquer your doubts, Alan.

  4. Thank you brother Rick, your post meant a lot to me, – I feel much better now, and yes I will let my assurance be in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
    Thank you once again.

  5. Hey Alan, just thought you may be interested in reading through this; it isn’t very long, but it does contain a plethora of Bible references to check out regarding the assurance of salvation.

    May it be a blessing to your soul.

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