The Unforgivable Sin

If Jesus covers all sins, why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit unforgivable?  Can His blood not cover that?

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// Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin." -Mark 3:28-30 //

Recently, one of my friends was struggling with this verse.  He shared he was stuck on the idea of speaking against God but not being able to be forgiven for this - how was that a boundary when Jesus makes us clean?

I dived into my concordance and asked Jesus to make it plain.  Below is what I found and sent to him:

First, don't look words up on dictionary.com.  Our world has changed so much and definitions are not necessarily syncing from the Greek to our English Bible to today's English.  That's why revisions are needed.  It may not accurately grab the definition, like our blog on being 'perfect.'

Having said that, the word 'blaspheme' is used differently in verse 28 and 29.  In 29, it is blasphemio, which is a verb and means to speak evil.

In 28, it is a noun and a more feminine approach (softer) that means to speak against God.  The verb attached to it means 'to utter.'

So from just this, we can assume there is a difference in uttering (timidly) something against God versus speaking evil against God.  Perhaps a 'how could God let this happen?' vs. 'God doesn't exist.'

But the beauty came in what I found when I compared the words 'forgiven' from each verse.  In verse 28, it speaks to being forgiven as we would think of it - debt wiped clean.  In verse 29, however, it is less how we would think of it and more that we won't be released from a state of bondage.

So if they speak evil against God, it is a state of bondage, and I would argue, then, that it is because they don't know God.

Bondage is sin.

So.... what?

Well, it seems when we come to know Jesus, we wouldn't speak evil against Him, right?  We wouldn't blaspheme in an evil way from a state of bondage, thus we wouldn't need to be forgiven.  Maybe we'll wrestle with our doubt and that's a level of questioning him, thus blaspheming His nature, but not speaking evil against.

But if we don't know Jesus, we say He doesn't exist.  We speak in an evil manner against God.  And because we are in that state, we aren't in a state of forgiveness.

So perhaps it's less about what is and isn't forgiven, and more of a 'if you're forgiven, you wouldn't say Jesus doesn't exist.'

There is a difference between slander and evil.  Evil is renouncing, denying, and fighting against.  Slander is negative, hurtful, but not questioning the existence of.

Michael Tatonetti