Growing up, I had never heard about this. Let me correct that, I don’t remember hearing about this. It may have been taught, but I just don’t remember it. We discussed this in Sunday School once, recently (in the last year or so), but again, I didn’t really delve into it. So, tonight, I am going to examine it a little closer.
30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31Wherefore 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.
32And 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.
The first part of this passage, I’ve heard many times in reference to military and such. Usually saying “If you aren’t for us, you’re against us” or something similar. Interesting that it comes from the bible, and many don’t even realize it. So, what is it saying? Well, first off, these are Jesus’ words, and he makes it clear that ‘he,’ meaning anyone who is not with Him, being Jesus, is against Him. He goes on to state that he that does not gather, or to come together around a central point, with/around Him, is scattered, or goes in a different direction, than Him. This is pretty obvious, specifically if you happen to be a Christian and talking to one that is against Christianity, you find out real quick that they are in a completely different direction than you are.
Verse 31, “Wherefore.” As my husband would say, watchout for the wherefores and therefores. So, I wanted to make sure the definition was right…
[hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair-] Show IPA
1. Archaic . for
It is my belief that the second definition is the accurate one. So, wherefore, or for that reason, He says to us, ALL matter of sin and blasphemy. What is blasphemy?
[blas-fuh-mee] Show IPA
noun, plural -mies.
1. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
2. Judaism .
a. an act of cursing or reviling God.
b. pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in the original, now forbidden manner instead of using asubstitute pronunciation
such as Adonai.
3. Theology . the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
4. irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless,etc.: He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
What is sin?
1 [sin] Show IPA noun, verb, sinned, sin·ning.
1. transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam.
2. any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.
3. any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse,etc.; great fault or offense: It’s a sin to waste time.
So, all manner of sin or blasphemy shall/will be forgiven unto men. Nice to know, isn’t it? All manner, or method, of sin or blasphemy will be forgiven. BUT, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is denial, or reviling, of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. There’s no coming back from that.
Verse 32, “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man.” The bible refers to the Son of man as Jesus. This states that whoever speaks a word against Jesus. So what is next? “it shall be forgiven him” So, even speaking against Jesus, shall be forgiven. Spoken by Jesus himself. But the important part comes next:
but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
So, whoever speaks against the Holy Ghost/Spirit, will NOT be forgiven, either in this world, or the world to come. This world being here, on earth, and the world to come refers to heaven. This, my friends, is the unpardonable sin.
I then checked the next verse:
33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the bible, specifically Jesus, likes to talk in parable, simile, and metaphor. I see this verse as the tree sprouts from the seed of the spirit, and when you make the tree/us, good, we produce good fruit. I’m not just talking our own children, but those that we encourage and love around us. But is we are corrupt, the fruit be produce is corrupt. And we are known by what we produce. So, we need to be careful in what we say and do, and insuring that we don’t commit the unpardonable sin is part of that, but only a part.