Many Christians wonder about the nature of the unforgivable sin and whether or not they have committed it. It is often taught in some churches and Bible studies that cursing the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin. This post shows that while it is a sin to curse the Holy Spirit, cursing the Holy Spirit is not the unforgivable sin.
First of all, we must recognize that there are various sins we can commit against the Holy Spirit. These include the sins of grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:19). Quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit are basically a denial of what the Spirit is doing or a refusal to participate in His work, which means blasphemy against the Spirit must be more serious than these.
Blasphemy against the Spirit is also a sin, and is a sin which will not be forgiven. In fact, it is the only sin which Scripture says is unforgivable. But is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit the same thing as cursing the Holy Spirit? Some think so. In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus equates blasphemy of the Spirit with speaking against the Spirit. As a result, many argue that the unforgivable sin is cursing the Holy Spirit.
But when we understand what a curse is and what it means to curse the Holy Spirit, we will see that cursing the Spirit, though a grievous sin, is not the unforgivable sin.
What is a Curse?
But what constitutes a curse?
It is more than just being angry at someone, or calling them bad names.
A curse is when one person wishes or expresses a desire that some sort of adversity, calamity, or misfortune would fall upon someone else.
Blasphemy is best defined as “a reviling judgment” which is not the same thing as a curse.
Furthermore, there is no hint anywhere in Matthew 12:31-32 of anybody cursing the Holy Spirit.
Thus, cursing the Holy Spirit is not the unpardonable sin. There is no hint of anyone in the context committing this sin, or even thinking of doing so.
In fact, most Jewish people at that time did not even believe in the Holy Spirit, so how could they curse Him? They couldn’t.
So cursing the Holy Spirit is not what Jesus had in mind when He spoke about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
If you have made the mistake of cursing the Holy Spirit, or cursing at Him, do not be afraid that you have committed the unforgivable sin.
Instead, go to God, confessing your sin, and thanking Him for the forgiveness you already have in Jesus Christ.
Learn More About the Unforgivable SinIf you have questions about whether or not you have committed the unforgivable sin, here is a whole series of posts I have done on this topic. Feel free to read them all! Please note that most of these posts were drawn from my book, Why You Have Not Committed the Unforgivable Sin, which you can purchase from Amazon for less than $6.
- Have I committed the Unforgivable Sin?
- What does Matthew 12:31-32 mean?
- Is Divorce the Unforgivable Sin?
- Is Adultery the Unforgivable Sin?
- Is Abortion Forgivable?
- Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?
- Can People who Commit Suicide go to heaven?
- If I Deny Christ, will He Deny Me?
- What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?
- Attributing the Works of God to the Devil is Forgivable
- Can Israel be forgiven for Rejecting Jesus?
- Is Failure to Believe in Jesus the Unforgivable Sin?
- Can God Forgive Me?
- Is Confession of Sin Required for Forgiveness?
- Is Repentance from Sin Required for Forgiveness?
- Make Sure You Never Commit the Unforgivable Sin
- More about my book on the Unforgivable Sin