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QUESTION: WHAT IS BLASPHEMY?
- The Greek word means to speak lightly of or
against persons or things that are held sacred.
- The word occurs about 58 times in the NT.
- From Strongs Greek Lexicon is this information:
1 slander, detraction, speech injurious to
anothers good name
2 impious and reproachful speech injurious to
- There are three different forms of blasphemy used in the
A. AGAINST DIVINITY To scorn or ridicule a
divine power is to dishonor God and blaspheme Him. This
would include the Bible, miracles, Gods
Matthew 9:2-3; Matthew 12:31
B. AGAINST RELIGIOUS LEADERS To
misrepresent, reject or scoff at the teachings of the
apostles is to blaspheme.
Romans 3:8 (slanderously reported)
C. AGAINST ANYONE To shame and reproach a
person or character is to blaspheme them. To defame a
good man is to blaspheme him.
Matthew 15:19; Matthew 27:39 (railed on him)
Romans 14:16 Good deeds were evil spoken of.
1 Corinthians 4:13 (being defamed)
1 Corinthians 10:30 (evil spoken of)
1 Timothy 6:4 (railings KJV; revilings
- Some think that all blasphemy can not be forgiven WRONG!
Paul was a blasphemer 1 Timothy 1:13-14
- To blaspheme the Holy Spirit = Total rejection of all
things sacred and divine. During Jesus earthly ministry,
one could reject Jesus and accept the Holy Spirit later.
The Holy Spirit is the last chance. Rejecting Him means
there is no other opportunity to repent. (Matthew
- CAUTION: Not every offensive remark is blasphemy.
Some speak out of ignorance, lack of faith, pain and
suffering. Some are critical in an attempt to help,
correct, guide and give good advice. Some remarks are
made in anger.
- Background of the text.
- Statement Verse 24.
- Answers Jesus gave:
A. Satan cast out Satan? A house divided can not stand.
B. What about your children? (27)
C. I must be stronger than Satan. (29)
D. Warning: You are rejecting the last hope. (31)
- Is this an "Unpardonable Sin"?
A. No sin is "unpardonable" This implies
that God cannot forgive and we can not be forgiven, even
if we repent and seek forgiveness.
B. Here is what the Bible teaches:
- All sin confessed will be
forgiven. 1 John 1:9
- There are sins that will not be
forgiven. 1 John 5:16
- The sin not forgiven is the sin
- C. Sin can remain "unpardoned"
but it is not "unpardonable" from God.
5. Illustration Man in the rapids above
a water fall. Several offers of help are rejected. Jesus is
teaching that a rejection of the third person in the Godhead is a
total rejection. This is the last chance.
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