There are three things that make up the unpardonable sin: (1) the person against whom accusation is being made; (2) the accusation itself; and (3) the falseness of the accusation. Let’s look at each of these.

1. THE PERSON BEING ACCUSED. But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow (Matthew 12:24a). There are two things that you should be aware of here. First, when the religious leaders committed this sin they were talking to the people about Jesus. They weren’t talking to Jesus, nor were they talking to the invisible Personage called the Holy Spirit. Their object and intent was not to blaspheme the Spirit. They didn’t start out their encounter with Jesus by saying, “O.K. guys, let’s blaspheme the Holy Spirit.” You see, from their point of view, they were out to discredit Jesus as the Messiah because of what the people around them were saying and wondering about Jesus being the possible Messiah.


These religious leaders didn’t like Jesus, nor did they agree with Him. But, and this is my second point, the fact of the matter remains the same: Jesus was a Man of God and the Spirit of God was working through Him. It’s important for you to understand this truth—that Jesus was a true Man of God—because when you understand that, you’ll understand that the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit applies primarily to an accusation made against a true minister of God. I believe it applies as well to those who operate in the gifts of the Spirit, particularly the gifts of revelation, utterance, or miracles.

In effect, THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT IS COMMITTED WHEN FALSE ACCUSATION OF DEMONIC ACTIVITY IS MADE AGAINST ANY BELIEVER WHO’S FUNCTIONING OR MINISTERING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INSPIRATION, ANOINTING, OR POWER.  You see, it isn’t blasphemous to accuse a false prophet, deceiver, or minister of Satan of speaking or working by demonic power. It’s true. Satan’s ministers work under his demonic power. Brethren, it isn’t blasphemous to say it. The unpardonable sin applies only when false accusation of demonic activity is made against a true minister or servant of God.

2. THE ACCUSATION.  This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matthew 12:24). Remember what blasphemy means. It means to say something that’s untrue in order to slander a person’s character or reputation. Jesus was working or ministering by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scribes and Pharisees said He wasn’t. They accused Him of ministering by demonic power.

Like these religious leaders, YOU BLASPHEME THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU CHARGE AND ATTRIBUTE THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE THE WORK OF A DEMONIC SPIRIT. In effect, you’re denying that it’s the Holy Spirit working through an individual. You’re accusing that person of having a demonic spirit and of working by demonic power. When you make this kind of accusation against a true minister or servant of God, you’re not only slandering or defaming his character and reputation: you’re slandering the Holy Spirit who’s working in and through Him. You’re disgracing the Holy Spirit of God by accusing Him of being a devil!

Like the Scribes and Pharisees, you’re not intending to slander the Spirit. You don’t have Him in mind. All you’re doing is accusing someone of working under demonic power or activity. But the truth is, as God sees it, when you accuse a true man of God of working under demonic power you are, in effect, accusing the work of the Holy Spirit through him to be the work of a devil. In other words, the Spirit of God in him is really a demonic spirit instead. YOU COMMIT THE UNPARDONABLE SIN WHEN YOU CHARGE A TRUE SERVANT OF GOD TO BE POSSESSED BY A DEMONIC SPIRIT: HE’S WORKING THROUGH THE INSPIRATION AND POWER OF A DEMONIC SPIRIT.

3. THE FALSENESS OF THE ACCUSATION.  Lastly, the unpardonable sin involves an accusation that isn’t true. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? {27} And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges (Matthew 12:26-27). The accusation that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub was not true. The Scribes and Pharisees either fabricated this untruth, or else they really believed it in their hearts. Whatever the case might be, the accusation was not true.

You see, their disciples were casting out demons too and the Pharisees didn’t have any problem with that. They didn’t accuse their disciples of working under demonic power. But when it came to Jesus doing the same thing, they treated Him differently. They accused Him of being a tool of the Devil.

In a situation like this, only one of three possibilities or choices is true: (1) all exorcism is by the power of God; or (2) all exorcism is by the power of Satan; or (3) some exorcism is by the power of God and some is by the power of Satan.

Since the disciples of the Pharisees were involved in exorcism, it is clear the Pharisees didn’t believe that all deliverance is by the power of Satan. Simple enough. Let’s scratch out (2).

That done, we’re faced with two possibilities: (1) either all exorcism is by the power of God, or else (3) some of it is by God’s power and some by the Devil’s power. You see, the Pharisees were faced with these two possibilities. Since they didn’t like or agree with Jesus and were envious of Him for amassing such a huge following among the people,  they could not bring themselves to admit that God could work through Jesus. The only choice they had left was, God casts demons out when He does it through our disciples, but when someone else does it Satan is behind it.

But their charge against Jesus was wrong on two counts. First, Satan doesn’t cast demons out of people. And second, the disciples of the Pharisees would testify against them and object to the notion that the Devil was the power behind deliverance. They, Jesus said, shall be your judges (Matthew 12:27).

Brethren, DON’T MAKE ACCUSATIONS BASED ON ENVY, HATRED, OR WRONG THEOLOGY BECAUSE IT CAN GET YOU IN A LOT OF TROUBLE. The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, in conclusion, is when you accuse a true servant of God of doing something by demonic power when, in reality, that isn’t the case at all. It’s the Spirit of God working or speaking through him.

Coming Up On My Next Blog Post, Part 3. If you believe you’ve committed the unpardonable sin, this next one’s for you. God wants you here. He’s saved a seat for you. It’ll be your D-Day and V-Day over the Devil’s lies concerning you. (P.S. Deliverance and Victory achieved only if seat is warmed.)

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