Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
As defined in Wayne Grudem’s ‘Systematic Theology’
“The unusually malicious, willful rejection and slander against the Holy Spirit’s work attesting to Christ, and attributing that work to Satan.”
It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus Christ to us as individual Believer’s. What was happening in Matthew Chapter 12 when the Pharisees and Sadducees were Speaking out and openly declaring the Works of God (The Holy Spirit) to actually be works of Satan, Was dangerously preposterous and confusing.
They knew who Jesus was – The Holy Spirit revealed this to them, and it was not just the works. It was the entire Ministry of Christ. They (these Pharisees and Sadducees) were simply attributing the acts of God to Satan, and denying Jesus as God or at least to be a Man of God and calling Him a servant of the Devil. (at this point some thought Jesus to be a Prophet).
The is a a confusing issue if people don’t know what the Term “Blasphemy” means. If I Blasphemy you I bear false witness against you.
‘Blasphemy’ doesn’t mean to “swear at” or curse at you. And has nothing to do with Name Calling or cussing..
Some people; in outburst of emotional anger or frustration, have Cussed at the Holy Spirit (and God and Jesus).
Well… Probably not a good idea but I think it’s part of the growing with Jesus in a Relationship with Him. Jesus calls real people to be with Him and I’m pretty certain He can handle these little periods of weakness.
One of the quickest way’s to know if a person has or hasn’t committed the “Unpardonable Sin” is this… Does he feel guilty about it? By that I mean does the person wondering if he or she committed the “Unpardonable Sin” feel remorseful, because if they do they probably didn’t.
The Unpardonable Sin takes place in the heart. A person guilty of this sin would be Spiritually dead. The roots of Sin are in the heart – it’s not the fruit.