The Unforgivable Sin

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. (Matthew 12:30-31 (ESV))


What is the unforgivable sin?  What does “blasphemy against the Spirit” really mean?

The first word in Matthew 12:31 is “Therefore.”  That word is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as, “for that reason” or “because of that.”  It’s an extremely important word in this verse of Scripture.  It tells us the unforgivable sin is because of what is being described in the previous verse.

In the previous verse, Jesus is talking about people that are against him. He is talking about people that are not followers.

Therefore, the unforgivable sin is to reject Jesus and refuse to follow him.

6 thoughts on “The Unforgivable Sin

  1. KIA says:

    A clear reading that passage in Matt 12 shows exactly what the verse says…
    “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 12:32 KJV
    the unforgivable sin jesus is referring to is speaking against the Holy spirit. You are niacin the interpretation to avoid the clear words of jesus in the passage. Your interpretation doesn’t match his words in the passage. You may also be right, but it’s not what the passage is saying.

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  2. Lynn, Your post is both Enlightening and provocative. After a lifetime of scholarship I have drawn the conclusion that of all the wise men who blessed Humanity Jesus stands alone as the wisest of all. Many spoke similar words of wisdom as Jesus had, but none are beloved as Jesus. “Understanding and Love, and Love must come first.” This, spoken by Him is, in my humble judgement, supreme Wisdom.

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  3. The unforgivable sin isn’t “unforgivable” in the sense that God is incapable of forgiving it, but in the sense that the very nature of the sin precludes the sinner from allowing God to forgive him.


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