A Brief Look at Matthew 12:32

By Gary L. Buxton

Matthew 12:32 says, “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” The unpardonable sin the New Testament speaks of is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. There are some people that believe the unpardonable sin can be committed in our day and time. Can someone commit the unpardonable sin today? As we look at the meaning of the word unpardonable, I believe we can correctly say that any sin or sins that have not been repented of and confessed go on to be an unpardoned sin. While this I believe to be true, this is not what is meant in Matthew 12:32. The unpardonable sin that Matthew 12:32 distinctly points out is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees were saying that Christ was casting out devils by the Devil or Satan. Jesus Christ told them in verse 26, “and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?” Christ told them in verse 28, “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” The works that Christ did were through the Holy Spirit. Through these miracles Christ proved himself to be the Son of God and that the works were of God. If we could blaspheme against the Holy Spirit today, we would have to have the same circumstances that they had during the time of Christ. One thing that was present during Christ’s time was the miracles that were performed. Something that was not present during that time was the written word as we have it today.

The Pharisees were hard-hearted individuals that were speaking against the power of which these miracles were wrought. The word was confirmed with signs that was wrought by the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:20; Heb 2:3). In these texts that word CONFIRM means to make strong, sure, firm. The words that Christ and the Apostles spoke was CONFIRMED or made sure to prove that what they were teaching was from God.

The word WORLD in Matthew 12:32 means age or dispensation. What Christ is telling them is that this blasphemy will not be forgiven in this Mosaic Age or the Christian Age which is to come. Christ’s will or testament was not in effect because he was not dead (Heb 9:16-17). The people under the Old Testament were looking forward to the death and shedding of Christ’s blood (Zech 14:8). In this Christian Age they had the hope of being redeemed by his blood. But even then, when the first will was taken out of the way they would not be forgiven when the second will was in effect (Heb 10:9-10).