22Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see. 23All the crowds were amazed and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons.” 25He knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.26If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 29Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. 30Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 33“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. 36I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:22-37, NRSV)
This passage gives us the unforgivable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, or speaking against the Holy Spirit.
What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Well, Merriam-Webster Online defines blasphemy as “the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God”. So it is insulting the Holy Spirit or showing contempt for the Holy Spirit,
And how does one do this? By saying that someone casts out demons by the devil, and not the Holy Spirit. By saying that something was done by someone or thing other than God.
So what does God do and are any of us really safe from blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
All of our words and deeds should point others to God and the love that is there for all of us, and if we are not doing that, we may be showing contempt for the Holy Spirit. Our words and deeds can not earn us grace, but they can keep others from seeing the love God has for them.