The Lord is merciful in all, and can forgive anyone of any sins. We can mock Him, spitting in the face of the Father and falsely accusing Jesus. He is somehow patient and loving to forgive even the worst things we have done to Him. But one sin is a step too far, a sin even Calvary cannot pardon.
In an age where the entire focus is on God’s unending love, and even the basics of His judgment such as hell are being erased, very few are left who will even dare touch this controversial topic. But the Bible says what it says; blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is something we need full understanding of in this dangerous hour. After all, anyone who says that it isn’t possible to blaspheme and cause God’s mercy to run out is calling Jesus a liar.
Matthew 12:31-32: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 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. Jesus’ message was primarily about forgiveness, which makes this statement all the more startling. Blaspheming the Holy Ghost had never been mentioned in scripture before; and yet it unlocks an entire new dimension to the Word of God. But what does it mean to? How can it be avoided? If it happened in Bible days, can it happen today?
Context is everything, so to begin, let’s look at the scriptures preceding this passage. In verse 22, Jesus had just cast a devil out of a man and healed him of blindness. The people who witnessed the event were amazed and declared that He must be the Son of God, but the Pharisees who had observing Jesus made railing accusations against Him. Every miracle that violated their narrow vision of the law infuriated them even more, and at this they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (verse 24).
Of course, it was ridiculous to say such a thing; the evidence spoke for itself. The demon was clearly no longer in the man, and his healing was so profound that even Jesus’ greatest skeptics couldn’t deny it; the only thing they could do was come up with the twisted reasoning that it was all somehow a trick of the devil. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said in verse 24 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? Satan has no power to cast out devils.
But the Pharisees did much worse than make a blunder in a desperate attempt to find fault. Jesus was using the Holy Spirit to perform miracles, but they were calling it the power of the devil. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you (verse 28).
It takes the Spirit to convict us. And when he (the Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16:8). If one grieves the Holy Ghost so badly that He departs from that person to never dwell with them again, there is no hope for them. They can never come to Jesus without Him. Jesus and the Holy Spirit work together in perfection, and without one, the other can’t bring you to the Father. One-third of God won’t save you. How tragic that most of Christians have lost interest in the Holy Ghost, slamming the church door in His face and leaving Him out in the street. They think they can praise the Father and commune with Jesus without Him, but they are so wrong. It’s why David cried out in Psalm 51:11: Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
The power of life and death is in the tongue. It can bring you great blessings or curse your soul to hell. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell (James 3:6). Whether we realize it or not, our words can have eternal consequences. The Pharisees learned this the hard way. They went from accusing Jesus to accusing the Holy Ghost. Hell was their inevitable destination after this, and there was nothing God could do to save them. Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Be careful what you say. Beware mocking the power of God when it moves. Beware opposing His miracles. Beware ridiculing speaking in tongues. God is not playing around with this.
One of the greatest acts of God in the Old Testament was when Elijah was taken to Heaven in a chariot of fire. Elisha, his servant, watched with awe as his master was swept into glory, never to return. 2 Kings 2:11: And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Elijah, along with Enoch, has the distinction of being one of two men who never tasted death. Elisha’s final request was to receive a double portion of Elijah’s power when he was gone; and sure enough, he picked up the mantle as soon as the bright burning chariot disappeared behind the clouds.
In the Bible, the Spirit is always represented either by oil, a dove, or fire. The burning bush before Moses was the Holy Ghost. The pillar of fire that led the way for the children of Israel in the wilderness was the Holy Ghost. The tongues of fire that fell on the Day of Pentecost were the Holy Ghost, uttering the disciples to speak with other tongues. The chariot of fire that carried Elijah away was the Holy Ghost. If this great event symbolizes the Rapture, then we must conclude that it will take the Holy Ghost to transform us in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, taking us out of this sinful world.
But as word spread what had happened, not everyone was happy to hear of God’s great power. When Elisha traveled to the city of Bethel, he was met with scorn. Bethel was originally a Canaanite city located 12 miles North of Jerusalem that had been given to the Benjamites after the conquest (Joshua 18:21-22). Years later, King Jeroboam had set up golden calves to be worshiped in defiance to God here (1 Kings 12:26-30), and ever since it had been one of the capital cities of idolatry and wickedness in Israel. The blasphemy in the city was evident in how they raised their children. And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head (2 Kings 2:23). These were not precious innocents; they were demonic offspring of the wicked, truly the children of blasphemers.
They didn’t just ridicule Elisha’s baldness; they specifically yelled “Go up, thou bald head!” They were making fun of the power of God and the chariot of fire that had taken Elijah up. They were blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them (verse 24). God sent two bears out of the woods to maul 42 of the youth that ridiculed His power. His mercy had run out for them. If Elijah’s ascent is the Rapture, then the horror of this story that follows is the Tribulation. The children are those who have taken the Mark of the Beast, and the bears are the judgments of God that will fall on sinful humanity in that terrible day.
The Israelites were specifically instructed to tell their future generations of all the miracles God had done for them; but by this point, the failure to do so had led the children into the teeth of bears. Are we doing better for our children? What kind of a generation are we raising today? This is the fate of those who commit the unforgivable sin.
We are living in the hour of great blasphemy. America has become Bethel, that city of great wickedness with a youth that is conditioned to blaspheme the Holy Ghost. They watch late-night comedians criticize the Bible and slander the name of Jesus. They laugh with demonic laughter at the power of God and fornicate like dogs in the streets. They cry like victims when they are criticized then gleefully destroy the lives of their enemies on Twitter and Facebook, howling like wolves into the night. When the Rapture takes place, they will not grieve at being left behind, but will be first in line to take the mark. They will be rewarded when wrath of God is poured out upon this earth, the first to meet their fates in the jaws of the grizzlies. Hebrews 10:31: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.