On the occasion of Jesus healing a man who was blind, dumb and possessed by a devil, the Scribes and Pharisees accused Him of using power from Beelzebub to work the miracle. (Matt. 12:22-24)
The Lord said, “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” (Matt. 12:31-32 KJV).
Those verses have been used by certain people to teach that there is a sin, which may be committed against the Holy Spirit and once committed, it will bring the condemnation of hell upon the guilty person and nothing can be done to change his destiny.
Jesus told those trouble makers that sin committed against God the Father could be forgiven. They could sin against God the Son and find forgiveness. But, if they were to sin against God the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness.
Now, why is it worse to sin against the third person in the God Head than it is to sin against the first or second person of the God Head?
Guy Woods, a renowned Bible and language scholar, illustrated these verses like this: He imagined a man in a boat floating in the direction of a great waterfall. A good distance up from the rapids, somebody at the bank of the river shouts out a warning message and makes an offer of help to the man in the boat. The warning message and offer of assistance is ignored.
A little further down the river another man on the bank calls out and warns the man in the boat of danger ahead and he, too, offered a...
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...er be another plan of salvation offered.
Then my Lord said, “Neither in this world, neither the world to come”.
The word “world” often refers to this present world and it is also used in reference to the eternal world; the context determines which. On other occasions, the word “world” refers to an age or dispensation of time. The Lord was not talking about the eternal world because there won’t be any sin of any kind forgiven there. So, the word “world” here must refer to an age or dispensation of time. At the time Jesus spoke those words, He was living in the Mosaic Age; the age that ended with His death on the cross. Therefore, the Lord simply told those Scribes and Pharisees that if they rejected the Holy Spirit there was no forgiveness in the present age (Mosaic Age), or in the next age of time; the Christian age or dispensation, which began at the cross.
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