Could I trouble you with a question? Could
you please help me understand Mark 3:29 "who blasphemes the Holy
Spirit will never be forgiven". This terrifies me. What does it
mean? I believe with all my heart, but there are times that people
say this thing or that thing is an act of God, or is being
orchestrated by God and I sometimes don't know whether I can believe
that or not. Sometimes I think "that does not seem to me like
something God would do" or even "there is no way that could be God".
Please tell me this is not what this verse is referring to. In His
thanks for the email. This thought of blaspheming
the Holy Spirit certainly does scare some believers. The enemy also
likes to use it to tell even believers that they have committed it and
cannot now be forgiven. The fact is that this was an event that
occurred and could only occur when Jesus was on Earth. In its context
Jesus had performed all that the nation of Israel needed to see that
He was the Messiah - and with all the miracles that He performed
through the Holy Spirit they only had two ways they could go. They
could believe and accept Him or, say that He was of the devil and was
empowered by the devil in what He did. They chose the later and this
was blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. It is not an individual's sin - but
that of the nation of Israel in that generation who personally got to
see all that Jesus did to confirm to them that He was the Messiah.
When you read the account in Mathew, chapter 12 is where this all
comes to a head and after they reject Him, Jesus begins speaking in
parables in chapter 13 onwards for their judgement has been set. So
again, it was for that time and it was for that generation. You do not
have any other writers such as Paul or Peter or John pick it up and
address it later.
Have a read of this link that goes into some
Or if you want it from a Jewish perspective (because the context is
very Jewish), have a look at what is written on page 5 of this article
by Dr Arnold Fructenbaum
The fact is that you should NEVER feel guilty by checking out whether
this or that 'person, act or move of God' is from God. The Bible tells
you to test ALL things and hold onto that which is good and avoid
every kind of evil. (1 Thes 5:21) And in our day specifically, there
is much activity that occurs 'in the name of God' that is not from
God. Having the discernment to see that these things are not of God
because it doesn't stack up with what God has revealed in His word, is
what He asks of us and is in no way blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Those
who say such things are using fear tactics to shut up any opposition.
Jesus commended the church in Ephesus for testing some so-called
Apostles and finding them false:
Revelation 2:2 I know your
deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot
tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be
apostles but are not, and have found them false.
prayed we would have discernment so that we may stay pure and
Philippians 1:9-10 And this is my prayer: that your
love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, (10)
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and
blameless until the day of Christ,
Other scriptures tell
us to test what we see and hear:
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do
not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are
from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak
according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
this helps. When Jesus died, He died and forgave all of your sin. You
don't have to walk in fear that He would not forgive you or that you
may slip into doing something that cannot be forgiven. All the best.