One of the most famous Scriptures on the Unpardonable Sin is Matthew 12:31-32. This Scripture is frequently taught from pulpits and written about in books as being the primary Bible passage which teaches about the Unpardonable sin. Here is what Matthew 12:31-32 says:
Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Note that the passage itself doesn’t actually talk about the unpardonable sin, but refers instead to the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and calls this a sin which will not be forgiven.
Of course, the Bible text does not really say what this sin is, or how a person can commit it. Yet by looking at the context of Matthew 12:31-32, and the wider biblical revelation concerning sin and God’s grace and forgiveness, we can get some clues as to what the Unpardonable Sin, or the Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Let us look briefly at what this sin might be, and then determine whether or not you might have committed it today:
What is the Unpardonable Sin?
While some pastors and teachers say that the sin is adultery or suicide, there is absolutely no evidence anywhere in Scripture or in the context for these sorts of views. Therefore, they can be rejected immediately. Though these are serious sins, God does forgive adultery and suicide.
More likely options include things like Israel’s rejection of Jesus as the Messiah, saying that Jesus is in league with Satan, claiming that the work of the Holy Spirit is actually the work of the devil, or consistent and willful refusal to believe in Jesus. All of these views are dealt with in more detail on this page about the unpardonable sin, where it is concluded that the unpardonable sin is the final option, a lifelong and persistent refusal to believe in Jesus for everlasting life.
Have You Committed the Unpardonable Sin?
In another place, I have written this about the unpardonable sin:
If you are afraid you have committed the unpardonable sin, I would simply say, “Worrying about it pretty much proves that you haven’t. So in order to make sure you never will be able to, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Whatever sin you may have committed, you are still being convicted by it, which is good. God’s grace will cover over that sin, and all other sins if you will just believe in Jesus for eternal life.”
Here is another page which summarizes some of the key discussion points on the unpardonable sin.
Scriptural Books on the Unpardonable Sin
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of the unpardonable sin. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.