Ask your questionWhere in the scripture is the “unpardonable sin”?

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This is actually in two places, one in Mark 3:28-29 and the other Matthew 12:31-32. In both cases Jesus is responding to accusations some religious leaders had made that He (Jesus) was actually a demon and that he was using powers given by satan to mislead and impress His followers and not the Messiah Son of the most Holy God. Understanding the context helps in understanding the meaning of the statement.

Mark3:28-29

28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

Matthew 12:31-32

31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

In essence these passages are stating that speaking against the Holy Spirit is rejecting Jesus as it is the Holy Spirit that reveals who Jesus is. Henry Morris said it well when he wrote:

“The unforgivable sin of speaking against the Holy Spirit has been interpreted in various ways, but the true meaning cannot contradict other Scripture. It is unequivocally clear that the one unforgivable sin is permanently rejecting Christ (John 3:18; 3:36). Thus, speaking against the Holy Spirit is equivalent to rejecting Christ with such finality that no future repentance is possible. ‘My spirit shall not always strive with man,’ God said long ago (Genesis 6:3).

John 3:18

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 3:36

36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”