Jesus is the Messiah.
As the Messiah, he demonstrated Messianic authority
(teaching, casting out of the temple, Lord of
the sabbath, etc)
He also demonstrated Messianic power via miracles:
(casting out demons, healings and various other

On the occasion here in Matthew 12:31-32, (Mark
3:28-29; Luke 12:10), Jesus had demonstrated His
Messianic power by casting out demons (Mat 12:24-28).
This was of course, done through the Holy Spirit.
(Isaiah 61:1; 42:1; 11:2)

When the Jews accused Him of doing it through the
prince of demons they were rejecting the Spirit's
ministry upon Him and therefore rejecting Him as the Messiah.
This is the unpardonable sin. If they do not accept
the Spirit's ministry on Jesus, they will not accept
Him as the Messiah - ie, an unpardonable sin - until
and unless they "repent" - change their mind about Him,
which is to trust Him as the Messiah-savior.
The ONLY unpardonable sin is the sin of rejecting
Christ as Savior; the sin of unbelief.

Matthew 12:31-32
V. 31
1. any sin and blasphemy: all and every sin can be
Accepting him as savior brings total forgiveness of
all sins at that very moment of time; Ie, the penalty
of spiritual death is removed.
Acts 10:43, “through His name everyone who believes in
Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
“In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of our sins,” (Ephesians 1:7)
But if one does not trust in Jesus, there is no

Notice also, at verse 32, that Jesus said, you can say
anything against the son of man (me) and I won’t hold
it against you. This refers to the personal
forgiveness that Jesus gives to those who sin against
him. This is exactly what happened on the cross when
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not
what they do,” (Luke 23;34). This expresses the
attitude of Jesus toward His personal enemies. It does
not bring any kind of “salvation” forgiveness.
However, Jesus also makes the point that if they
reject WHO HE IS, then they are rejecting their only
source of salvation.

2. To speak against the Spirit is to reject the
testimony of the Spirit that bears witness to the
Messiahship of Jesus. This is a sin that can never be
forgiven, either in this age or the age to come.
At Mark 3:28, it is called an eternal sin; that is, a
sin that is perpetuated for all eternity. The only sin
that fits that category is the sin of rejecting
Christ. If one rejects Jesus as Savior, there is no
forgiveness. The sin of unbelief can only be undone by
only one thing; REVERSAL.
As long as there is life, there is hope and
opportunity to believe in Christ. The ONLY exception
to this is when someone takes the mark of the beast
during the time of his oppressive reign on the earth,
(Rev. 14:9-11).

Now, although the Holy Spirit is presently in the
"convicting" business during the church age (John
16:8-11) people today cannot actually reject the
Spirit's job of working through the Messiah. That
could only be done while in the presence of Jesus and
as a witness to His Messianic miracles. Thus blasphemy
against the Spirit was limited to when Jesus was
present on earth.
The failure of the world to trust in Christ today,
amounts to the same thing, ie, rejection of the
convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit, but
technically, it is not the same thing.
However, it does carry the same results. No
forgiveness results in the perpetuation of spiritual
death for all eternity in the lake of fire.


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