What Exactly is the Unpardonable Sin? ~ blog
Have you ever wondered if you have committed the unpardonable sin? Many of the people that I have worked with feel that they have. Somehow their thinking has become twisted and they have believed a lie. They have come to believe that since they are having such a difficult time quitting the use of porn and sex God has abandoned them because they have committed an unpardonable sin.
Gee … I wonder where that lie must have come from? Ask the Church Lady and she will tell you … maybe “…s s s s satan?” So, let’s look at the context of where Jesus identifies the unpardonable sin and end this confusion with what the Bible clearly teaches.
In Mark 3 Jesus, after healing on the Sabbath and choosing the 12 Disciples, He returned home, and a crowd swarmed around Him so much that they could not even eat a meal. So, His friends came to rescue Him from the mass of people surrounding Him. And surprise surprise rumors are flying about who Jesus is and how He is able to do the miracles that He was performing.
The Scribes were there to keep an eye on things. They were the RBI of the day. RBI standing for Religious Bureau of Investigation. Or Rumor Believing Idiots if you prefer. Their take on the matter is that Jesus has lost His mind and …
“He is possessed by Beelzebub,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”
In other words, the only way He can cast out demons is because Jesus Himself was possessed by satan.
So, we read that Jesus calls this group of trouble makers to Himself and tells them a parable.
“How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.”
What Jesus is saying is that He cannot be possessed by satan and then be throwing demons out of people because satan would not do that. satan would be defeating the work he has been doing and that makes no sense.
Then Jesus says;
“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin”— because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Notice that Jesus first and foremost says that “…all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men and whatever blasphemies they utter.” Is that clear enough for you? Even if you have used God’s name in vein or the name of Jesus in vein all of those sins shall be forgiven. However, there is one sin that is beyond forgiveness and that is blasphemy against the Spirit.
The context here is critical … as it always is. The unforgivable sin is after seeing Jesus perform miracles you believe that it is not the Holy Spirit demonstrating divine power … but it is the unholy spirit … satan at work.
I agree with those who believe that the unforgivable sin probably cannot be done today. It was only possible when Jesus was in His human form on earth during His lifetime. Remember that before Jesus says anything about the unforgivable or unpardonable sin He says clearly;
“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men,
and whatever blasphemies they utter…”
The fact that you are worried that you may have committed the unforgivable sin is an indication that you have not done it. The hearts of the scribes were hardened to the core. The physical and visible Son of God is right in front of them and has healed all kinds of illness and has cast out many demons. The Messiah for whom they have been looking for thousands of years is standing right in front of them, but their hearts were hardened.
Now, have we sinned far more than we should have sinned? Yes, and that is true of every single Christian. However, the sins of the world were placed on Jesus as He died on the cross and by His shed blood we have been forgiven. Every single sin, great or small, has been paid for and God the Father accepted that payment and all of our debts are paid in full.
In 180 Ministries we teach this critical and biblical truth. God has not only forgiven every single one of our sins – past, present, and future, BUT His GRACE goes way beyond just our forgiveness. We have been given the Holy Spirit to dwell in our bodies. We have been raised up by God’s love and seated in Christ in the heavenlies. We have received Eternal Life. It is ours … right now … and our death will only be to leave this painful and sinful world and step into the presence of God in heaven … forever.
So … on the issue regarding have you somehow committed the unpardonable sin? No, not guilty, case dismissed, free to go, forgiven, indwelled by the Spirit and a member of God’s Family Forever!!!