Today in class we had a heated discussion about what Jesus meant when he spoke of the unpardonable sin. Unfortunately a lot of people when away discouraged and upset; I myself didn't leave as either of these.
This was something I hadn't really thought about before... and so today during break I read, prayed and asked God for understanding. And as I was sitting with my laptop I got this crazy revelation... this is how I am understanding this piece of scripture:
So, Jesus says you can blaspheme against him and the Father and be forgiven -- yet if you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit then your sin is unpardonable! As I meditated upon this kept thinking: "why is it unpardonable to blaspheme the Holy Spirit yet not so with the father and son."
This is what came to me. You cannot be forgiven because the Spirit's job is to convict us of our sin so that we may be forgiven. Therefore if we do not listen to the Holy Spirit we cannot be convicted of sin. Without conviction there is no confession (or even the idea that we might need Jesus to die for our sins); and without confession (or seeing our need) there is no asking and no forgiveness.
When we have hard hearts and reject the Spirit's testimony then we are blaspheming and sinning. And because only the Spirit can convict us, how could we know our own need?