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The Unpardonable Sin

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Nov 20, 2016


The subject of the unpardonable sin has long been a confusing one, leading many to guess and millions confused. Is it suicide? Is it murder? If not, what is it? This study considers the context around the “blasphemy against the Spirit,” provoking us to rethink our doctrinal positions and consider an alternative that might surprise you in the end.

Nov 20, 2016

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I was born in California in 1957, but raised in Oklahoma, where my experience with Christianity began at the age of 19. After several years of attending various denominational and non-denominational churches, my love for the Bible and desire to understand the scriptures became a vital part of my life. Through in-depth study for the past 43 years, I have discovered that the message of scripture is truly one of hope, love, and encouragement for the entire world.

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The Unpardonable Sin

Jack Marshall

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2016 Grain of Wheat Publishing

Revised November 2018

Revised April 2021

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This free eBook may be copied, distributed, reposted, reprinted, and shared, provided it appears in its entirety without alteration, and the reader is not charged to access it.

To the body of Christ.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Blasphemy

Chapter Two: The Beast of the Sea

Chapter Three: The Spirit of Truth

Chapter Four: Pride

Chapter Five: Desolation

Chapter Six: Scattered

Chapter Seven: Why Do You Call Me Good?

Chapter Eight: Bound or Loosed?

Chapter Nine: Deception

Chapter Ten: Blasphemy against the Spirit

Chapter Eleven: Unconditional Love

Chapter Twelve: Suicide



Of all that I have considered over the years, I do not doubt that this is one of the most important writings I’ve ever done and perhaps the most important that I will ever do.

Let me speak frankly. What prompted me to write this study was a tragic suicide in my family, and I know that many have been affected by this same event which leaves them feeling deeply saddened and confused.

Many believe that suicide is the unpardonable sin and that the person who has taken their life is delivered to eternal torment because of this one despondent act. Let me say up front that I don’t believe this for even one moment. Let me also say that I don’t believe in eternal torment and haven’t for many years now. This study addresses this topic, but I would also encourage you to read my study, "Hell, No! An Alternative View of Hell," available through Smashwords and other retailers. All of my studies are free.

There are mistakes in this presentation, not by intention, but out of ignorance. I am still and always will be learning. It has been difficult to put aside what I have inherited in order to see from a fresh perspective.

In His Grace,

Jack Marshall

All scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)

And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

Chapter One


What’s known as the unpardonable sin is called the blasphemy against the Spirit in scripture (Matt. 12:31). This word blasphemy is defined by the Strong’s Concordance as, "Vilification (especially against God). The definition of vilify from reads, To speak ill of; defame; slander, however, it’s the word origin and history of this word that is revealing. It reads, Mid-15c., ‘to lower in worth or value,’ from Late Latin vilificare ‘to make cheap or base,’ from Latin vilis ‘cheap, base (see vile) + root of facere ‘to make’ (see factitious). Meaning ‘to slander, speak evil of’ is first recorded in the 1590s.’" So, we could say that blasphemy means to lower in worth or value or to make cheap or base.

The word blasphemy is taken from the Greek transliteration blasphēmos, which is a derivative of two other words, blapto and pheme (Strong’s Concordance). This definition means, "Scurrilous, i.e. calumnious (against man), or (special) impious (against God). Scurrilous is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online as, Said or done unfairly to make people have a bad opinion of someone. Calumny is given as, An untrue statement that is made to damage someone’s reputation; also: the act of making such statements. Finally, impious means, Feeling or showing a lack of respect for God: not pious."

As mentioned, blasphēmos is derived from two words, blapto and pheme. The definition for blapto is, "To hinder, i.e. (by implication) to injure." Pheme means, "A saying, i.e. rumor (fame) (Strong’s Concordance), so we might say that our two words mean, To hinder or injure by rumor."

Now think about the definition from the Strong’s Concordance. It means, Vilify, and the word origin means, To lower in worth or value or to make cheap or base. Coupled with our other definitions, one might think that blasphemy is merely the act of making sacrilegious remarks. Ah, but most of us don’t really believe this. Instead, we have managed to compile various ideas about its meaning, putting undue fear on believers and unbelievers alike.

No doubt, the idea of blasphemy itself is bad enough, but the blasphemy against the Spirit is considered far worse. And again, due to our lack of understanding, we have attempted to attach our own ideas of what this particular blasphemy is. Some say murder, others suicide, but I don’t believe either is the case. As we continue in this study, I would encourage you to keep an open mind, for once we investigate the context of the passages surrounding the blasphemy against the Spirit, we might be surprised as to what it appears to mean.

Revelation 2:8-9 (NKJV)

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

In the book of Revelation, we have a prophecy to the church in Smyrna. Note where Jesus says, "And I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." Strong words, wouldn’t you say? What did Jesus mean by this?

Romans 2:28-29 (NKJV)

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

According to these passages, Paul shows that a Jew is no longer a matter of circumcision which is outward in the flesh (Gen. 17:1-14). Rather, one is a "Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. So when Jesus spoke about those who say they are Jews and are not, He was referring to people who were not circumcised" in heart, who had not been drawn by the Father to Christ (John 6:44).

So what constituted blasphemy? Those who were not Jews saying they were. As we see, Christ denounced them as a synagogue of Satan. This shows that blasphemy incorporates the idea of professing to be something we’re not.

John 10:31-33 (ESV)

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God."

In these passages, we find the Jews wanting to stone Jesus for blasphemy because He, being a man, made Himself God. This agrees with our previous thought.

Mark 14:55-64 (ESV)

Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.' Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you? But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. And the high priest tore his garments and said, What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?" And they all condemned him as deserving death.

Again, these passages show that blasphemy is seen as professing to be something we are not because the Jews did not believe that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt. 16:16). Now, let’s turn this around and consider what Jesus said about the Jewish religious leaders.

Matthew 23:1-5 (NIV)

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. "Everything they do is done for men to see

It’s interesting to see that Jesus told the crowd and His disciples to obey and do everything that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees said, "But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. It was evident that what they did do was done for men to see." Would this not show that arrogance was a primary component in the lives of the religious leaders? Should we doubt this, simply read the 23rd Chapter of Matthew. It is a scathing rebuke from the Lord concerning the Pharisees and the teachers of the law due to their pride and arrogance. Take a look at verse 13 from this same chapter.

Matthew 23:13 (ESV)

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.

Consider this treatment of the word hypocrites from Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament.

Hypocrites (ὑποκριταί)

From ὑποκρίνω, to separate gradually; so of separating the truth from a mass of falsehood, and thence to subject to inquiry, and, as a result of this, to expound or interpret what is elicited. Then, to reply to inquiry, and so to answer on the stage, to speak in dialogue, to act. From this the transition is easy to assuming, feigning, playing a part. The hypocrite is, therefore, etymologically, an actor.

Do you see it? "The hypocrite is, therefore, etymologically, an actor" (etymology is the study of the origin of words and how their meanings have changed throughout history). Wouldn’t this agree perfectly with our understanding of blasphemy?

It’s also interesting to note that the English Standard Version of the Bible, along with the New International Version (and others), leave out verse 14 due to questions about its’ veracity. If we do this, we find seven woes (Matt. 23:13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29). The spiritual meaning of seven is "to be full or satisfied, have enough of (Bullinger). Bullinger also wrote, It is seven, therefore, that stamps with perfection and completeness that in connection with which it is used. Seven is best signified by the word fulfilled," which means filled to the full (Matt. 5:18). So it is that we find the Lord saying the following to the Pharisees after He declares these seven woes.

Matthew 23:32 (RSV)

Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

What did Vincent write? "The

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