“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit shall not and cannot be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Spirit, the Holy One, will not be forgiven, either in this world and age or in the world and age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32 ->me: The Lord, through His word, taught me something new today. So thankful for this as 63 of us head down to Ensenada, Mexico to minister to the people there. Here in this passage, Jesus has just healed and freed a man who was possessed by a demon, blind, deaf, and dumb. The Pharisees just got done telling the people that the way Jesus was throwing out demons was on the authority of the prince of demons. Of course this is crazy and not even logical; as Jesus quickly educates them. Then we have these 2 verses saying you can blaspheme and slander Jesus but not the Holy Spirit. Wait….what? Is the Son of man then on a lower level, less than divine, that he can be slandered with impunity? No. After some careful reading and understanding of the words used here in the Greek I think I have clarity on why. The incognito character of Jesus ministry means that failure to recognize Him for what He was might be excusable The difference is then between failure to recognize the light and deliberate rejection of it once it is recognized as such; unforgivable blasphemy versus unwitting sin. This is what makes turning on God’s Spirit within you so dangerous. I think this is recognized most when people reach the point where they rationalize their fleshly thinking; calling evil good and good evil. Scary.