Blasphemy: the Eternal Sin

Mark 3: 22-30
Heb 9:15,24-28 / Psa 98

… whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.
(Mark 3:29)

Those who see only evil in good
Trap themselves forever in their sin;
Like the scribes who never understood
‘Twas the Holy Spirit they blasphemed.

The teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. Amen, I say to you, 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.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:22-30)

Reflection

Is there really a sin that can never be forgiven? Yes, there is, although this does not contradict the doctrine we believe in that God is all-forgiving. Jesus Himself said, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (to die on the cross for the remission of our sins) so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18) Only those who willfully deny the divinity of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, condemn themselves to eternal perdition. God cannot save a soul who refuses to be saved. In the Gospel version of Matthew, the author added these words of Jesus: “Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters” (Mat.12:30). And He further said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mat.12:36-37).

Our Lord Jesus was not condemning those who had attributed His divine power (to cast out evil spirits) to Satan; He was in fact warning them that if they continued to persist in their unbelief, then they would be blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, and would inevitably condemn themselves, as what had happened to Satan and his minions, whose willful opposition to God’s love had hardened their hearts forever.

The most difficult spiritual problem that I continue to struggle concerns someone who is a close relative. He no longer believes in the salvific grace of Jesus Christ. In fact he even doubts the existence of a loving God Who is Father to us all. I fear for the eternal fate of his soul because he no longer cares about his faith. But I still hold on in trust to the power of combined prayers. I therefore plead with you, dear reader, to please pray for this person, that the Lord God in His goodness, will manifest a miracle in his life for his conversion. Thank you, and God bless you for this favor.

Father God, our Lord Jesus said, ‘no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man’ when He rescued the captives of Satan. Please tie up the hands of Satan, the strong man, so that the souls that he has taken possession of may escape eternal damnation. Amen.

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