Have I committed the unforgivable sin?

Dear Renea,

Well my question is concerning the unforgivable sin, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I’m a Christian but every since I read about this I’ve been greatly stressed over it. I’m so worried that I may have committed this sin and not known it and now I’m past God’s forgiveness. There’s two ways in which I think I might have committed it. One is by taking God’s name in vain. I really try not to use his name as a cuss word anymore but I know that I’ve been guilty of it so many times in the past. I guess I just hear it so much that it would just slip out without me even thinking about it. Another way I think I might have committed the unforgivable sin is by swearing and by swearing I don’t mean cussing. I mean like swearing on Holy things to get my point across. Like once I said “I swear on all that is Holy that what I’m saying is true”. I actually haven’t done this a lot because I’ve always been taught not to but sometimes when I’ve got in a heated argument I’ve done it to get my point across. But what if at some point I swore falsely? God said that if we do swear, what he said better be true. Have I insulted the Holy Spirit by doing these things and as a result blasphemed him? I desperately would like to be able to know for sure that I have not committed this sin. Any insight would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

Dear Kristen,

No, you have not. You are in Christ, and Christ has taken all your sins and put them to death when he died for you and for me. All your sins—past, present, future—have already been forgiven. How could you or I whose sins have all already been forgiven in Christ commit a sin that can’t be forgiven? We can’t. See if this article helps.

May the peace of God rule in your heart.
Renea

Renea,

Thank you, your insight has been helpful. I agree that the unforgivable sin is unbelief in Christ but there are two things that throw me off. One is that the verses concerning the unforgivable sin say that we can blaspheme Jesus and be forgiven but not be forgiven for blaspheming the Holy Spirit? What is it that sets the Holy Spirit apart to where there is no forgiveness for blaspheming him but we can be forgiven for blaspheming Jesus or God? Also the verses say that anyone who “speaks a word” against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness. This would lead one to believe that it’s simply a speaking sin. I realize that the Bible wasn’t written in English and not everything said is meant to be taken in the literal sense. Did Jesus literally mean that simply a single word can condemn someone? I was afraid that I might have committed this sin before I became a true Christian, but then I wouldn’t have been brought to be baptized and saved though right? Thanks again for your help, I’m not doubting your opinion on this subject, I’m just trying to get a full understanding of all of it.

Kristen,

It is kind of confusing that Jesus would say you can reject me and be forgiven but not the Holy Spirit. Perhaps Peterson’s paraphrase in The Message will be helpful to you:

“There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives. (Mt 12:31-32)

In other words, if you reject Jesus because, say for example, you had a bad experience with a legalistic church, the Holy Spirit can still woo you, can still, for example, bring a Christian into your life who is living abundantly and thus win you to Christ. But if you persistently reject the Holy Spirit’s efforts time and time again, then you have chosen your own fate. Make sense?

Let me refer back to the article I initially recommended: “This sin is simply willful and persistent rejection of, and lack of faith in, the person and work of Christ.”

Kind regards,
Renea

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11 Responses to Have I committed the unforgivable sin?

  1. Joshua says:

    Just to pipe in on the issue, that second opinion is highly questionable, has no textual support in the actual passages, and in fact is inconsistent with God’s character, e.g. patience. The text does however, strongly support the view that engaging in a propaganda campaign to smear God’s miraculous work as Satan is the unforgivable sin, and depending on how what one categorizes as “believers”, the Pharisees were a type of believer. At the very least the passage is a direct warning to those considered religiously pious; “you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting”, i.e. a branch for the tree of God’s covenant. I agree, Kristen has nothing to fear, and the passage isn’t about cussing or “blaspheming” by taking the Lord’s name in vain. However, persistently rejecting the HS’s efforts while dangerous, is not unforgivable. There is a different standard though for false leaders, and an element of apostasy which one person defined as “a man who, even in his new state of belief, is spiritually living not primarily in the content of that faith, in the pursuit of goals appropriate to it, but only in the struggle against the old faith and for the sake of its negation“. And this throughout the entirety of the texts is never dealt with kindly, particularly when it involves leading others astray. It’s in this class of sins, that the specific on of intentionally attributing the miraculous work of God to the work of the devil that gets labeled unforgivable.

    • reneamac says:

      This is great, Josh. Commentaries everywhere talk about rejecting the HS one’s whole life (which doesn’t necessarily go against God’s character). At any rate, you’re certainly right about texts’ severity against those who lead others astray. Thanks for piping up/in.

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  3. Alvaro Rivera says:

    Its not easy believe me these blasphemous thoughts against the holy spirit drives me to the point that i felt that i have committed it. When i was happy that i can’t committ the unforgiven sin because of my faith in Jesus Christ my mind quickly began to blasphame against the holy spirit so proudly. Today i feel the same way but still my heart feels like its almost growing cold yet still hanging on. I feel like i am at the very edge of doing the unforgiven sin but satan is a liar a deciever and a murderer he will plant these things in your head to make you suffer and turn your happiness that god has given you into a disaster.

    If a person heart turns extremely cold and reject what god has given them after they recieved what god has given them they will never be forgiven once they speak against it without having any type of guilt or repenting.

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  5. robinb333 says:

    I believe you have a very valid question and I believe it’s something a lot of Christians wonder. But from what I read in the Bible, JESUS says Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit is an eternal sin and unforgivable. But blaspheme is a total disrespect to the Holy Spirit. Read Mark 3:28-30. However, taking the lord’s name is forgivable according to the Bible.

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  7. charles says:

    If i remember right i called a church devil worshipers once in a smart comment . i think. ive been having all kinds of crazy thoughts. in revelation jesus called a church a synagogue of satan. did i do the same thing? and why would i be lead to Jesus and have had a awesome experience of conviction. PLEASE reply

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