The Unpardonable Sin

posted May 20, 2013, 10:45 PM by Tony Tran   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 12:13 PM by Basic Bible Doctrine ]
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. “Therefore I [Jesus] say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man [Me—Jesus], it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age [Age of the Incarnation] or in the age to come [Dispensation of the Church]." (Matthew 12:30-32, NKJV, emphasis added)
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit constitutes the unpardonable sin that can only be committed by an unbeliever. In the period of Christ's first advent, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the sin of rejection of the empowering ministry of God the Holy Spirit as the acting agent behind the miraculous abilities of certain men. In the specific case of Jesus Christ, it was the unbelieving Jews who blasphemed the Holy Spirit by rejecting the power behind Christ's ability to cast out demons as done by Satan and not by the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in the Age of the Incarnation amounts to a rejection of Jesus Christ as Son of God and, therefore, as Savior and as King—an unpardonable sin that bears the consequences of physical death at the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire. (Acts 7:51)
"You [Jewish unbelievers during the time period of Christ's first advent] stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you." (Acts 7:51, NKJV, emphasis added)
For an unbeliever [Jew or Gentile] in the Dispensation of the Church, however, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the sin of rejection of the convicting [or convincing] ministry of God the Holy Spirit Who makes the Gospel message concerning Jesus Christ understandable [a reality to the unbeliever]. To reject Jesus Christ in a point of time means to reject the Gospel message about Him pertaining to eternal salvation [everlasting life] in a point of time—a pardonable sin. The unbeliever may hear the Gospel message again at a later point in time, allow the convicting ministry of God the Holy Spirit to operate in making the Gospel message understandable, receive Christ as Savior, and have his eternal salvation appropriated by God the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, to reject the convicting ministry of God the Holy Spirit means to reject the role of God the Holy Spirit in acting as the missing human spirit so that the spiritual information regarding the Gospel message is comprehensible. To reject the convicting ministry of God the Holy Spirit amounts to a rejection of the Spirit's functional ministry in making faith effective for salvation. The unbeliever who has rejected the reality of the convicting ministry of God the Holy Spirit, no matter how many times he hears the Gospel message and how many times he expresses positive volition toward Jesus Christ, will have no chance of comprehending the Gospel message, no chance of becoming spiritually regenerated [born-again], and, therefore, no chance of having his eternal salvation appropriated by God the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in the Dispensation of the Church amounts to a total rejection of Jesus Christ and His Word [concerning the convicting ministry of God the Holy Spirit]—an unpardonable sin that bears the consequence of eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire. (1 John 5:6-11)
"This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." (1 John 5:6-11, NKJV)