Matthew 12:31-32 (KJB) 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. 32 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 first thing to take note of is that in many Bibles, these verses are shown in red text, being highlighted for they are the very words spoken out loud by Jesus Christ in the course of His earthly ministry. Knowing this special detail should give these words even more credence or weight as they stir the hearts of sincere seekers and work in the hearts of genuine repentant believers of God.
This verse, along with numerous verses in the Gospels, including Matthew 13:39, 13:49, 24:3, 28:20; Mark 10:30; Luke 13:30, 20:34-35; and later was touched on by the Apostle Paul in teaching found in 1 Corinthians 1:21 concerning the spiritual seriousness of the sin of blasphemy.
It makes me smile each time my word processing software points out the presence of a double negative in these verses. Indeed, you like I, do not ever choose to correct the very words of God, whether it be a perceived error in spelling or grammar which is marked up and found to express outside the “rules of modern English.”
Instead, to us, as believers, a double negative as is inspired of God highlights for us the importance of what was spoken for it was repeated, bearing greater spiritual importance to us.
Indeed, blasphemy is the sin that Jesus Christ is accused of personally committing during His short ministry in this world — blamed for claiming that He was The Son of God, but the many lost hearts did not believe His vital declaration Truth. Undoubtedly, Jesus Christ’s claim is one hundred percent Truth for He is both God and was a man alive on this earth.
It is important for each of us to understand that blasphemy against the Spirit of God is the only unforgivable spiritual offense. The Bible teaches that God sent His Son to forgive sin, blasphemy is a serious spiritual blunder and not a pardonable offense. Any change of wording in these verses only serves to complicate understanding about the Godhead, forgiveness, grace, and mercy of God.
Secondly, blasphemy is the only violation that leads to certain death despite the finished work of Jesus Christ upon Calvary concerning sin and can lead an unsuspecting man to eternal separation from God and endless eternal misery.
Study this out for yourself among the many versions of so-called Bibles in the verses listed above. You will quickly see for yourself that newer versions change the meaning and context of God’s inspiration and the spoken words of Jesus Christ, or in essence “leaving the cat of out the bag.” These examples expose or lay naked grave error in modern translations concerning the sin of blasphemy. God’s Word tells us that it an offense to God, one denying Him due honor, reverence, an abomination, and not agreeable to God’s perfect nature standing in opposition to sin.