if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 44; do not negate the Sacred.
whoever blasphemes against the son
will be forgiven,
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven
either on earth or in heaven.
As in saying-86 ‘son’ here means: a person in general; ‘son of man’ was no titular title,
it also meant ‘a man such as I’ in a way of self-reference (Crossan, 1992; Mack BA,1996;
Quispel G, 2004; Borsch FH, 2010; Vermes, 2012).
Both Patterson (1993) and DeConick (2005) hold this saying as an authentic original, but
considered the Trinitarian representation to point at a late redaction. Consequently, the first
sentence, whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, is left out from
DeConick's kernel sayings. However, we may look pass the trinity creed, and realize
that Jesus' teachings were not at all congruent with classical Judaism and its interpretation
of the divine either. Jesus' teaching points at another kind of Ultimate Reality than the Hebrew
concept of God, often indicated by him as the kingdom, but without further clarification.
Therefore, sinning against a false interpretation (the Hebrew God the Father) is forgivable,
just as wrongdoing against any man can be rectified, but going against the living presence
of Ultimate Reality, the sacred dimension of all that is (the Holy Spirit), cannot be forgiven.
From the Judaist point of view blasphemy against the Holy One was considered as
unforgivable, and therefore traditional devotees would have been deeply opposed to
Jesus' stating the opposite! So from the first sentence of this saying alone we may infer
that Jesus indicates that his conviction most fundamentally did not comply with
Judaist thought about the status of their Holy One.
In seeking the kingdom,
you should not blaspheme against the living presence of the Sacred
by denying it,
and exempt your existence from divine meaning,
which would be an 'unforgivable' mistake.
Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:28; Luke 12:10.