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And everyone who will speak a word against the SON OF MAN, it will be forgiven him; but the one who has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.


And everyone who questions the identity of GOD’S ANSWER TO MAN’S PROBLEM,

the offense can be forgiven, but the one who sees the obvious work of the Holy Spirit and opposes it, this offense will not be forgiven.


The context of Jesus’ statements in Luke twelve about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is similar to that of Matthew 12 even though it does not look like it at first glance. Both of them are part of a major section describing opposition that arose against Jesus from the religious leaders. In Matthew the accusation of casting out demons with the power of Beelzebub comes immediately before Jesus’ words about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which are followed by the sign of Jonah. In Luke the accusation involving Beelzebub is found in Lk 11:14-28, followed by the sign of Jonah (Lk 11:29-32), followed by Him saying that they were evil because their eyes (their desires) were evil, followed by more opposition from the religious leaders which is met by strong responses from Jesus, including six woes to those leaders. Then in Chapter 12 a large crowd gathers; Jesus begins speaking to his disciples in the hearing of others gathered. He starts out by warning them about the yeast (influence) of the Pharisees (Lk 12:1-3), then tells them not to be afraid of those who can kill the body (Lk 12:4-7), then in verses 8 through 10 He says gets to the part about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Are the Matthew and Luke accounts presenting the same event only that Matthew left out some things that came in between or did Jesus say these things more than once? We don’t know because the focus of the inspired Gospel writers was on the truths being taught. I see numerous instances in which Jesus appears to have said the same thing various times and in various contexts and my guess is that is what is going on here, although the context is similar in that it has to do with opposition.

Therefore I am convinced that my conclusions about the Matthew 12 passage hold true for this passage as well. I will not repeat them here but you can go to my comments on Matthew 12:22 or to the study lesson called BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT EXPLAINED and read what I have written there.