The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit



In the Gospel according to Matthew we read: “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil [demon], blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils [demons], but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils [demons]. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils [demons], by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils [demons] by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Matthew 12:22:32), and in the Gospel according to Mark we read: “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils [demons] casteth he out devils [demons]. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit” (Mark 3:22-30).

As you can see, Jesus rebuked sharply those who said that He had the prince of demons and that by his help He cast out demons, because by saying those words they blasphemed against the Holy Spirit of God, for Jesus cast out demons by the help of the Holy Spirit and not by the help of Satan. In other words, because they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit through Jesus to Satan, blaspheming thus against the Spirit. They asserted that He was possessed by Beelzebub, not filled with the Holy Spirit. They attributed the power to drive out demons, not to the Holy Spirit of God, but to the prince of demons. And because of the seriousness of their offense Jesus told them that they would never be forgiven, for they were guilty of an eternal sin.

Now we know that Jesus Christ still baptizes His disciples with the Holy Spirit, and when they are baptized they are filled with the Holy Spirit and begin to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance, just as on the day of Pentecost (in Jerusalem, about two thousand years ago) about one hundred and twenty disciples began to speak in other tongues after they were filled with the Holy Spirit. We know also that the Holy Spirit still distributes His gifts to believers according to the will of God. So there are still Christians who speak with different kinds of tongues to God by the Spirit, who interpret those tongues by the supernatural help of the Spirit of God, who prophesy by the Spirit, who receive a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge by the same Spirit, who perform miracles and healings by the Holy Spirit, who discern evil spirits (demons) and cast them out of the demon possessed in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (demons come out of these people by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is much more powerful than Satan and all his demons), and those who are enabled by the same Spirit to perform signs and wonders through the gift of faith. All these things are wrought by the Holy Spirit, for the edification of the saints, and these things lead us to glorify the glorious and powerful name of Jesus Christ. So we praise and glorify the name of Jesus Christ because in His name the works of the devil are destroyed, his schemes brought to light and exposed, the saints are comforted and encouraged in their faith, and many unbelievers repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, because many people across the world believe in Jesus when they see the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit. However, there are many people who affirm that those Christians who speak in other tongues, cast out demons, heal the sick, perform miracles, prophesy, have visions and revelations and so on, are of the devil because they have evil spirits or are demon-possessed. Therefore, these people say against these Christians the same things that those scribes and Pharisees said against Jesus while He was still on the earth. And unfortunately, among these ignorant people there are many who claim that they have believed in God and in His Son. They belong to many and various Protestant Churches. These people are greatly mistaken because they don’t know the Scriptures nor the power of God. I exhort you, brethren, to beware of them, because they deny the power of our immutable God, and speak against the Holy Spirit. And if you, who are reading these words, are tempted to say that those Christians who have these spiritual manifestations in their life have evil spirits or are demon-possessed, I exhort you to resist the devil and not to say these evil things, lest you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. Know this, that they are full of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is working through them. I exhort you to seek the face of the Lord, and to desire earnestly the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. You will be blessed, and you will not regret your decision. You will finally know the power of God and you will be thanking the Lord until the end of your life for making known to you His power.

I want to tell you one more thing. According to the Scriptures, if a believer denies the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, if he denies that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again for our justification, he tramples the Son of God underfoot, counts the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing and insults the Spirit of grace. Such a man commits the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16) and therefore at his death he will go to perdition (hell) together with the wicked and on the day of judgement he will be cast into the lake of fire. For it is clearly written: “For if we sin wilfully [that is, if we commit the sin unto death] after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:26-31). Therefore, to insult the Spirit of grace is to sin unto death. Flee from the sin unto death, for it is the most serious sin a believer may commit, since it is impossible for those who commit this sin to be brought back to repentance, for they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame (Hebrews 6:4-6). In other words, flee from the sin unto death, for a believer can repent of all sins he may commit except the sin unto death, for this is the unforgivable sin.