The Unforgivable Sin
Truly I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they speak. But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal condemnation. For they said, “He has an unclean spirit.
What Does it Mean to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness. Do you think you’ve committed the unforgivable sin? Many people believe that. But most people don’t understand Jesus’ warning in this passage.
Jesus Says All Sin will be Forgiven
Please read it carefully. When people read this passage, they ignore what Jesus said before His warning against committing this sin. He introduces the unforgivable sin by saying,
“Truly I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they speak.”
Jesus gives the rule before giving the exception. The rule is that He will forgive all sins. People talk so much about the exception, that they ignore the decree.
Jesus Died for All Sins
Jesus died for and paid for all sins, past, present, and future. This is what He said from the cross when He was about to die:
“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30). “
Jesus Fully Paid Our Sin and Debt
The Greek word Jesus spoke was “tetelestai.” Translators give the meaning “It is finished” in our English Bibles. Jesus was ready to die, but He didn’t say this to mean His life was finished. This Greek word was an accounting term meaning “paid in full,” and accountants stamped it on a bill when it was fully paid.
One way to look at this is that this bill, this sin debt, is metaphorically torn up, burned, and destroyed. It no longer exists. Another way is to grasp that when Jesus died for our sins, a believer’s sin debt has been paid.
Jesus was Sent to Save not Condemn
God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but He sent Jesus so He might save us through faith in His Name (John 3:17}. God wants to save, not condemn, which helps us understand Jesus’ warning against the unforgivable sin. Find out how you can be saved here. Please watch the GREAT NEWS FOR YOU video on this page. You can be saved today.
Jesus did the Works of God
The Jewish Leaders Rejected Jesus
In context, in the first three chapters of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus had done works that proved He was the Messiah. He cast out a demon, healed a leper, and He forgave sins. However, the Jewish leaders, who spoke for the nation, were rejecting Him. They saw Jesus as just a man, who blasphemed when He claimed to do the works of God, and as a threat to their power.
By the Holy Spirit’s Power, Not Satan’s
When Jesus spoke His warning, the leaders who had already rejected Jesus as the Messiah, refused to admit that Jesus did the works of God. Since they couldn’t deny His power, they had to explain His authority somehow. So, they charged that Jesus did His great works by Satan’s power. Jesus rightfully claimed the Holy Spirit empowered His great works. That was their unforgivable blasphemy.
What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
One Specific Sin
The unforgivable sin was attributing the works of the Holy Spirit, who worked His power through Jesus, to Satan. It was not any common sin–or any other sin, no matter how wicked–but one specific sin. Many scholars think this sin can’t even be committed today because Jesus isn’t bodily present on earth.
You Haven’t Committed It
Most—if not all—people who think they have committed the unforgivable sin have not. Jesus will forgive you for whatever you’ve done.
Jesus has Open Arms; Come to Him
Jesus said He will forgive all sins committed. His arms are open, and He invites us to come to Him to cleanse us from all sin, by believing in His Name.
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