Mark 3:29 (AV)
But he¹ that² shall blaspheme³
against the Holy⁴ Ghost⁵
hath never⁶ forgiveness⁷,
but is in danger⁸
of eternal⁹ damnation¹⁰
¹) He that – whosoever that
²) Has no exact English equivalent
³) Speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, speak evil
⁴) Is a characteristic of God
⁵) The Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son
⁶) Or no, not
⁷) Pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty
⁸) ‘In danger of’, or ‘guilty of’
⁹) Without beginning and end
¹⁰) Judgment, separation (as in the Textus Receptus. Others have ‘eternal sin’)
From other translations:
Mark.3.29 - But whoever speaks abusively against or maliciously misrepresents the Holy Spirit can never get forgiveness, but is guilty of and is in the grasp of an everlasting trespass. [AMP] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"-- [ESV] Just then his mother and brothers showed up. Standing outside, they relayed a message that they wanted a word with him. [MSB] But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: [KJV] But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." [NIV] but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. It is an eternal sin." [NLT] but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"-- [NKJV]
Now let us see what this verse is telling us.
Against the Holy Ghost
This was blaspheming the Holy Ghost, for it was by the Holy Spirit that He cast out devils, and they said, It was by the unclean spirit.
Hath never forgiveness
Those who know the Christ, and maliciously attack Him, are without hope of salvation.
In danger of eternal damnation
Or better: Guilty of an eternal sin
In saying that Jesus had an unclean spirit they had attributed to the devil the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil.
This is the unpardonable sin and it can be committed today by men who call the work of the Christ the work of the devil, Nietzsche may be cited as an instance in point.
Those who hope for a second probation hereafter may ponder carefully how a soul that eternally sins in such an environment can ever repent. That is eternal punishment. The text here is ‘amarthmato’ (sin), not ‘krisew’ (judgment), as the Textus Receptus has it. (The King James Version is translated from the Textus Receptus)
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This is a profoundly earnest word heard by some people “with fear and trembling” because they fear they are guilty of this sin.
But that is precisely one of the things the Lord wants to teach us here: The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is done by people who are not bothered by it at all, who call themselves good and pious, who think that they themselves know it much better than God.
- Where the revelation of the Holy Spirit breaks through with power, the blasphemy against the Spirit breaks through.
- Where through the work of the Holy Spirit
- sinners are converted,
- the poor are made rich,
- the sick are healed,
- the lost are saved
- and the dead are alive,
- the enmity also breaks through of people who do not want to become small before God, who want to help themselves, that own king. want to stay and who call the power of the Holy Spirit the work of the devil.
Thus they say of the Lord Jesus that He is led by the devil, while He comes from God to save and keep the lost.
These slanderers may fear this word, but the poor and the lost need not to fear.
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