Why does Jesus differentiate the severity of sin against the Holy Spirit as opposed to sin against the Son of Man?

Matthew 12:31-32

As the Holy Trinity is our God in three persons, why is there a differentiation in punishment between acts against Jesus (Son of man) and the Holy Spirit in scripture?

Luke 12:10

KJV - 10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

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Data Danny Hickman

To be in relationship with God you must be born of the Holy Spirit. Those that have not the Spirit are not His (Romans 8:9).

The Spirit of God is sent by God the Father in the name of Jesus, to live in us, to teach us all things.. (John 14:26).

What Jesus was saying, is that you can reject Him and be forgiven. The people who nailed Jesus to the cross could ask for and receive forgiveness. Peter was forgiven for denying he even knew Jesus. Paul was forgiven for persecuting Jesus (When he persecuted the church Jesus told Paul he was persecuting Him).

How can you be born of the Spirit, how can the Spirit come and indwell you if you reject Him? He would have to force His way in, and He won't do that. So Jesus made it really plain that when we blaspheme the Holy Spirit we are being irreverent to God. KNOWINGLY!! We're choosing to be disrespectful of God. The Holy Spirit won't excuse us for being profane toward God. By contrast, Jesus was sent to be crucified by the very souls He came to redeem.
Weird isn't it!?!!

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