I’m afraid that I may have rejected the Holy Spirit and cannot be forgiven. Can you help me?

Hello F,

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Some fear that they have rejected the Holy Spirit. So, what does the Bible say about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and the unpardonable sin? “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31).

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, or the unpardonable sin, consists of progressive resistance to truth that results in a final and irrevocable decision against it, deliberately made in the full knowledge that by so doing one is choosing to pursue his own course of action in opposition to the divine will. The conscience is hardened by continued resistance to the impressions of the Holy Spirit, and one may hardly be aware that he has made the fateful decision.

Therefore, a person troubled with a haunting fear that he has committed the “unpardonable sin,” thereby has conclusive evidence that he has not committed it. A person whose conscience troubles him may solve the problem in one of two ways: He may yield to the Holy Spirit, and respond to it by making wrongs right with God and man, or he may harden his conscience by silencing the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30).

The conscience is a divinely implanted monitor that convicts men to live in obedience to the light that has been revealed to them. Deliberate and persistent disobedience to God finally becomes a habit that cannot be broken. It is like the “hardening the heart” (Ex. 4:21).

You have not rejected the Holy Spirit because you feel concerned or convicted. It is only the Holy Spirit who brings you concern and conviction (John 16:8-13). If the Holy Spirit had left you, there would be no concern or conviction in your heart.

So, keep your eyes on the Master and don’t look at self. He will give you victory (1 Corinthians 15:57), uphold you (Philippians 2:13), and keep you until His second advent (Philippians 1:6). Trust in God’s promise to be forgiven “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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