Posted by: missionventureministries | October 10, 2019

WHAT IS THE UNPARDONABLE SIN? – Matthew 12:31-32

Jesus Christ called the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13) and warned us, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32). 

As we see, there is one sin a person can commit for which there is no forgiveness or pardon either in this age or in the age to come; which is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. 

“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” is a conscious and hardened opposition to the truth, “because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6). It is a defiant disrespect, besides being a hardened resistance to the truth, leading a person away from humility and repentance; and without repentance there can be no forgiveness. That is why the sin of blasphemy against the Spirit cannot be forgiven, since the person who does not acknowledge his sin does not seek to be forgiven. 

In (Matthew 12:22-32), the guilty party, is a group of Pharisees, which had witnessed irrefutable evidence that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet they claimed that He was possessed by the prince of demons, Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22). 

This wasn’t just a matter of a sudden thoughtless word or an instant reaction; their words represented a hardened attitude and an embittered and impenitent heart. If we follow the references to these scribes throughout the book of Mark we’ll see there is a progression to their unbelief. They were initially curious about Jesus and His ministry. Then they had questions. In time, they grew indifferent; but then their indifference festered into a hateful attitude that became so odious and vengeful that it ultimately nailed Jesus Christ to the cross.  

When God convicts a person of sin and presents them with the Gospel, it’s dangerous to neglect it, especially if the procrastination becomes chronic. When resistance to the word of God becomes a habit, after a while, a person can become so hard-hearted and sin-hardened that their soul grows insensitive.

When this happens the person’s ears cannot receive the truth and their minds shake off the conviction of the Spirit. Although the grace of God at this point is still available to them, the person keeps pushing away from it. 

As we read, the scribes “teachers of the law” had become defiant to the truth because of the attitude of their own evil hearts. This is tragic, because, the scribes had devoted their lives to copying the Word of God. These men had copied and recopied the Old Testament. They knew Micah 5 and the prophecy of our Lord’s birth. Yet their hearts had become so hardened they couldn’t receive Jesus Christ their Messiah when He arrived. 

The scribes’ original aim was to know and preserve the Law and encourage others to keep it. But things turned horribly wrong when man-made traditions overshadowed God’s Word and a pretense of holiness replaced a life of true godliness. The scribes, whose stated goal was to preserve the Word, actually nullified it by the traditions they handed down (Mark 7:13). 

Toward the end of Jesus’ ministry, He thoroughly condemned the scribes for their hypocrisy (Matthew 23). And as Jesus said, they knew the Law, and they taught it to others, but they did not obey it.

By crediting the miracles of Jesus to Satan, the religious leaders were denying the deity of Jesus Christ. They were saying He could not be God. Yet by His miracles He was showing Himself to be the Son of God; and only the awaited Messiah could have done what He had done. 

So when anyone refuses to accept the ministry of the Holy Spirit or attributes His ministry to Satan, they give up the final opportunity to be saved. A person must believe in Jesus as the Son of God and needs to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit and act upon the conviction He brings. 

Consequently, the unforgivable sin is the hardening of the heart against God and repeatedly refusing to respond to His appeal to the soul. By continuing to resist and reject the Lord, a person builds calluses on their soul until the conviction of the Spirit of God no longer registers on their heart. Over a period of time they become hardened like the Scribes and Pharisees. The person hears the Word of God and it makes no impact on them. If they die in that condition, there’s no further forgiveness available. For those who reject Jesus Christ, there’s no forgiveness anywhere else, anytime, either in this world or the next. Jesus died for us, and if anyone rejects Him, their destiny is settled. 

Be assured that God doesn’t withhold salvation from a repentant sinner who comes to Him for forgiveness through faith in His Son. The only thing that makes sin unforgivable is a hard, unrepentant heart which rejects the Son of God, and therefore clearly is unpardonable because the Holy Spirit does not dwell in those that refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and make Him the Lord of their life. 

Please remember that religion can’t save you because to enter God’s eternal kingdom you need the new birth by the Holy Spirit.

Those who think religion saves, deceive themselves by thinking that their outward rituals and rules will impress God, while at the same time they avoid dealing with the sin that is in their hearts. But, of course, God sees right through it all. He requires “truth in the innermost being” (Psalm 51:6). So religion cannot give anyone access to heaven because it only deals with external matters. No amount of rule-keeping or adherence to religious rituals can reconcile a sinner to the Holy God.

All the religion in the world cannot resolve our basic problem of being alienated from God, because religion is based on human works that stem from the flesh and feed our pride. To be subject to the King, we need the new birth that gives us a new nature that delights in obedience to God from the heart (Romans 6:17-18). We need a radical transformation, not just some behavior modification. We need something that the natural man cannot produce. We need nothing less than to be reborn from above.

So if the Holy Spirit is convicting you, remember Jesus’ words: “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges Me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns Me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Luke 12:8-10)

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