Mathew 12 Lesson

Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit


There is only one sin that the Bible says will not be forgiven.

And that sin is described inMathew Chapter 12.

  • “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgivenpeople, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” –Mathew 12:31-32.

To provide a little context, we will look at the following scripture:

  • “The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.  If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!  But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.  Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” – Mark 3:22-30.


To properly understand what Mark is writing about in the above scripture, we need to be able to answer the following two questions:

  1. What did the scribes do that was so offensive to God?
  2. Why is that sin so offensive to God?

We will answer both questions in today’s lesson. 


This is what the scribes said:

  • “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” – Mark 3:22 .

Let us break that down further into two parts. 

First, the scribes said:

  • “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” - Mark 3:22 .

They were saying that God’s Son was possessed by Satan! 

According to  Google Dictionary, the word “possessed” means, “Completely controlled by an evil spirit.” 

To say that His own Son, is completely controlled by Satan is something that God will not forgive. 

The second thing the scribes said is:

  • “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” - Mark 3:22 .

We know from the following scripture that Jesus had healed many.  We also know that Jesus encountered unclean spirits along the way who fell down before Him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” ( Mark 3:11 )

  • “He told His disciples that a boat should stand ready for Him because of the crowd, so that they would not crowd Him; for He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed around Him in order to touch Him.  Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, “You are the Son of God!” – Mark 3:9-11

For the scribes to credit Satan for the work that Jesus was doing steals the glory from God. 

And that is a Sin that God will not forgive. 

The more we read the Bible, the more we understand that during our time on earth we are asked to do two things:

  1. Glorify God,
  2. Serve others

For the scribes to give the glory to Satan and try to sway others to do the same is a sin that will not be forgiven. 


We serve a God that is compassionate, merciful, and forgiving, and a God that teaches us to be the same way. 

Consider the following three scriptures:

  1. "Be  kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” -  Ephesians 4:32 ,
  2. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” –  Luke 6:36 ,
  3. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9  .

There are many sins mentioned throughout the Bible.  God loves us and will forgive almost all of them if we repent and turn away from that behavior.

This is true no matter what the sin is, with one incredibly important exception, the “Unpardonable sin.”

The unpardonable sin is giving credit to Satan for the works that God has done.   As we have seen, this sin, God will not forgive! 

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture. 

It reminds us to praise God and glorify Him in all that we do:


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you cannot commit the unpardonable sin today, even if you try. the blasphemy against the holy spirit referenced in matthew 12 is in direct regard to the pharisees, who witnessed christ performing miracles with the power of the holy spirit right before their eyes, and they said it was of the devil. that same sin cannot be replicated in the modern day. there is no sin too big for god to forgive. even if you stood up in the middle of the crowd and said blasphemous words, and then realized you regret them and want with all your heart to give yourself to christ and follow him, you would be welcomed by christ our lord. our god is a god of forgiveness and love and we should not insinuate that there are sins too big for god to forgive should someone pray earnestly for forgiveness.

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