To recap my previous post, I showed that not only have we been forgiven for our past, and presents sins, but that God has already forgiven us of any future sins we will ever commit (Hebrews 10). And I also made mention that this forgiveness already took 2000 years ago – the day Christ died on the cross. Therefore, our forgiveness is not something that happens over time, but rather, it’s something that has already taken place. So, as far as sins go, God isn’t sweating it, because he already punished Christ for them (Romans 5:9). So, the radical truth is that God is no longer holding any of our sins against us (Hebrews 10:17). But not only that, he is no longer upset at us either (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). In fact, he isn’t even the least bit upset when we do mess up.
Now, here comes the “but.” Yes, even though it’s true that Christ, paid in full, the price for the sins of the entire world, and as a result, completely cleansed us of every mistake we will ever make (Hebrews 1:3), there is still one sin out there in which we are warned that if we commit, we can never be forgiven for it. And that sin is:
The unpardonable sin.
So, to start things off, for those of you unfamiliar with the unpardonable sin, here are the verses that specifically speak on it.
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.”
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”
23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
“And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
Fun fact: The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin spoken of in the New Testament. The fact that Jesus damns those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit only further attests to the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
Now, the word blaspheme means, “to speak of (God or a sacred entity) in an irreverent, impious manner.” Or, “to revile; execrate.” In context, Jesus was saying that the blaspheme of Holy Spirit is attributing the working of the Holy Spirit to evil (Mark 3:30). Many people in the Bible did this, including Paul. But, we see in 1 Timothy 1:13 that Paul said he received mercy concerning his blasphemy because he did it ignorantly in unbelief. Therefore, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that Jesus was warning against must be something one willfully commits with knowledge of what is being done.
We see the exact same thing in Hebrews 6:4-6 where qualifications are placed on who can fall away. That passage shows that only a mature Christian can commit such a thing. So, we see that with blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, evil statements, or harsh words spoken against Him in ignorance or unbelief by those who don’t really know what they are doing can be forgiven. Which means the person committing this sin needs to be fully aware of what they are doing in order to be held accountable for it. But this is something I’ll be getting more into in part 4. Also note that God’s word does show us that when people do become reprobate, they lose all conviction from God (Romans 1:28). Therefore, people who are convicted and repentant over having possibly blasphemed the Holy Ghost have not yet reached the place where it is unpardonable, otherwise they wouldn’t care.
Now, here is another verse that doesn’t specifically mention the word “unpardonable,” or “un-forgivable,” but this verse does make reference to the one sin the world is still being convicted of.
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
So, what Jesus is telling us in these verses is that there is only one sin the world is still being convicted of (more specifically, unbelievers are being convicted of), and that is the sin of not believing on Him. Like I’ve mentioned before, the sins of the entire world have been completely dealt with, so therefore they are no longer the issue between mankind and God. The only issue between God and mankind is: “what have you done with my Son?” Or in other words, have you made Jesus your Lord, and Savior (John 3:18, John 14:6). And so, if an unbeliever does not make Jesus their Lord (receive salvation) before their time on Earth is up, they will be held accountable for committing the one sin will they can never be forgiven for, which is the sin of rejecting Christ, or the sin of rejecting salvation.
And finally, here are some other verses that make reference to the unpardonable sin:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away (renounce their salvation), to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify (re-crucify) to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.
Side Note: People's opinions vary on what these verses in 1 John mean, but I believe John is speaking on spiritual death when he speaks on a "sin unto death." I can see the argument for both physical (Acts 5:1-11) and spiritual (Hebrews 10:26) death; but regardless whether I include this verse or not, it doesn't take away from my main point.
So, here is what all these verses above boil down to: Now, I initially thought blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and not believing on Christ where 2 totally separate sins, but as it turns out, at their core, they both lead towards the same result; The result of either one of these actions ends with a person rejecting God as a whole.
A fully grown, fully mature believer (I’ll explain it better it part 4), who Blasphemes, is someone who reaches a point in their life that, for one reason or another, no longer desires the things of God. They have reached a point in their life where they have become hostile towards Him (most likely because they are caught up in some sort of sin and desire to stay in it), and have started turning against Him within their hearts. And it’s also at that point where they actively start to despise the Spirit of Grace (The Holy Spirit), whom they were sealed by, until they finally reach the point where they willfully, and spitefully reject Him, resulting in them rejecting their born-again state.
Likewise, a person who rejects the constant drawing of the Holy Spirit, and never sees the need to believe in a savior, and then moves on from this world, they too become guilty of committing the unpardonable sin - which again, is the rejection of salvation.
Therefore, rejecting the Grace of God; Rejecting the message of the Gospel; Rejecting the ministry of the Holy Spirit (convicting unbelievers of their need for Christ); Blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Despising him and rejecting him); departing from the faith; letting go of the profession of your faith; Renouncing one’s faith, and forsaking one’s salvation all equate to the same sin: The sin unto (spiritual) death; or as my title puts it: The unpardonable sin. And so, if one were to ever commit the unforgiveable act of rejecting their salvation, there remains no more hope for that person.
So, to re-cap, the sins of the entire world have all been completely dealt with and paid for, except for one. And the Bible warns us that if we ever commit that sin, it’s something we can never be forgiven for. Whether it be never accepting salvation in the first place, or rejecting it after being born again, once you commit this sin, there is no hope for you. Now, the Bible also shows us that in the case of believers, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (willfully despising Him and rejecting Him) is a sin that cannot be committed in ignorance. So, for those of you who are worried that you may have committed this unpardonable act: don’t worry, you haven’t. The reason being:
1) You wouldn’t be on CF reading this in the first place, unless you were just here to mock me.
2) You need to be a mature Christian in order for God to hold you accountable for this sin (which very few believers are). And,
3) The fact that you are fearful of even committing that sin in the first place is a clear indication that you haven’t committed it either.
The only way a believer can be held accountable for committing the unpardonable act of renouncing their faith is by them being fully aware of what they are doing in the first place. They have to be mature enough to know, and have an understanding of exactly what they are doing – which infants and adolescents in Christ have no understanding of.
Now the question might come up: “What about the people who have never had the Gospel preached to them? Will God forgive them because they never had the opportunity of hearing God’s word, which would result in them believing on Christ? What about the people living out in the middle of no-where; or the people that are isolated from the rest of the world? Would God forgive them for their Ignorance?” I’ll start off by saying that God isn’t that cold-hearted towards his creation, and that he gives us every opportunity to believe on him. Take the Muslims out in the middle east for example. God, being awesome and faithful to his people, has been appearing to them in dream, revealing himself to them (Check YouTube). Now, if that doesn’t show us the lengths he’ll go to save his creation, I don’t know what will. But I do want to make this statement, and that is, no one will be without excuse on the day of Judgment because the Bible makes it very clear that God has made himself known to all of his creation (and just like in the case with the Muslims, he will make himself known) (Psalms 19:1-3, Romans 1:18-20)). No one is going to be surprised to find out that there is a God on Judgment day; And there isn’t going to be one single person who will be able to accuse God of treating them unfairly by not giving them the chance to get to know him. Everyone has, and will, have that “Ah-Ha!” moment, that moment of clarity where they will know without a doubt that God exists. Now what they do with that moment is up to them (Free-will), but everyone will be without excuse. Even those who pretend, or lie to themselves and tell themselves, or others that God doesn’t exist, the fact remains that in their heart of hearts, they know He is real. The truth is that every single person on this Earth knows that He exists, and has had a clear revelation of Him. And to add to that, the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) is specifically sent to draw everyone into relationship with God as well (John 6:44, John 16:8-10); so, again, people will have zero excuses on judgement day.
So now that I covered this topic, I can finally move onto the verses in Hebrews 6, and Hebrews 10.
So, like always, if you have any questions go ahead and place them down below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also, thank you for checking out this post, and I pray that it was a blessing to you, and hopefully it was able to clear up the confusion you may have had in regards to the unpardonable sin.
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