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The Unpardonable Sin
The twelfth chapter of Matthew outlines a very important principle of God:
Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and couldn't speak, and he cured him, so he could both speak and see. Well, all the crowds were amazed and started asking, ‘Isn't this the Son of David?' But on hearing that, the Pharisees said, ‘He's throwing out demons by [the power of] BeelZebub, the ruler of the demons.'
This was a terrible accusation the Pharisees were making and Jesus responded:
Now, those that aren't with me are against me, and those not on my side will be scattered. ‘So, I'm now telling you this: men can be forgiven for all their blasphemies and sins, except for blaspheming [God's Holy] Breath... that will not be forgiven. If someone speaks against the Son of Man; this can be forgiven. But if someone speaks against [God's] Holy Breath, he will not be forgiven... no, not in this age or in the one that is coming.
The enmity of the religious leaders was coming to a head, first they unjustly accused Jesus of breaking the Holy Seventh Day, then they tested Him, asking if healing on the Holy Seventh Day was lawful. (Matthew 12:1-2) They charged that Jesus was a representative of Satan and they taunted Jesus to give them a miraculous sign. (Matthew 12:24,38) All the others were astonished at the healing of the blind/mute man and this created a perfect opportunity for God (through Jesus) to show His tremendous ability to forgive...
It is very important to note that the religious leaders and the people who were witnesses had not been converted at this time.
Editor's note: Through-out the Bible certain men and women were guided by the Spirit of God to fulfill His purpose, but in most cases this was the exception. It wasn't until Pentecost that the Holy Spirit was available to all who repented. (see Acts 2)
God does not hold sinners accountable because of their ignorance of His ways. Jesus was making a point to all present, " All sins can be forgiven, but if we reject an obvious miracle of the Almighty God, calling a good miracle evil, we are rejecting the power of God and if we reject the power of God, we have no forgiveness".
God is always able to forgive any sin, no matter how great. But, He obviously can't forgive, if the person who has sinned doesn't want to be forgiven! We need to admit that we did something wrong. This is another aspect of the unpardonable sin, "Refusing to admit we have sinned" (1 John 1:8-10) and "Refusing to ask for forgiveness" (Matthew 6:12)
When the Pharisees accused Jesus of expelling the demon by the power of Satan, Jesus was warning them about the seriousness of their accusation, not condemning them! There was still time for them to re-think what they had said, and many did:
* Some tried to help Jesus to escape (Luke 13:31)
* One helped bury Him (Luke 23:50-53)
* Some even became disciples (Acts 15:5)
God's abundant mercy will always leave the door open as long as possible!
There is another aspect of the unpardonable sin that is rarely mentioned, but by biblical terms very serious:
But if you do not forgive men their sins (trespasses), your Father (The Almighty) will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15)
If we are not willing to forgive others of their trespasses against us, how could we possibly be happy spending the future ages with the God of mercy and forgiveness. Holding a grudge or having a desire for revenge also falls within this category. Refusing to forgive others puts us in danger of committing an unpardonable sin.
Editor's note: We are not capable of forgiving sins! Only God and His Son (Jesus) can forgive sin... But, if a person truly acknowledges his trespasses committed against us, we are commanded to forgive them.
Then Peter came up to him and asked, ‘Lord, how many times am I required to forgive my brother when he sins (trespasses) against me... up to seven times?' But Jesus replied, ‘I tell you; Not up to seven times, but up to seventy-seven times! (Matthew 18:21-22)
The unpardonable sin is far more than just blasphemy against God's power, the scriptures has shown that the following attitudes also puts us in danger of an unforgivable sin:
* Refusing to admit we are sinners
* Refusing to request forgiveness
* Refusing to forgive others
But, the contents of the unpardonable sin doesn't end there...
The pages of the bible completely outline God's definition of good and evil, but since the beginning humans have refused to acknowledge God's definition. We want to decide for ourselves what is good for us and what we think evil is, and this attitude has caused great harm and unnecessary suffering. A perfect example is Adam and Eve:
* they had the perfect home
* they had plenty of food
* they had no need for money
* they had perfect health
* they had a close relationship with nature
* they had a close and personal relationship with their Creator,
who instructed them on what was good for them and what
could be harmful for them.
But, they weren't satisfied, they wanted more and humans have been suffering ever since. God and His Son are the only ones who have the correct definition for good and evil.
The Great God of all the universe is always ready and able to forgive us of all our sins, but, we must do our part. We need to avoid the following attitudes of sin that are considered unpardonable:
* rejecting the power of God's Spirit
* stubborning opposing God
* not willing to admit sin or to repent
* not willing to ask for forgiveness
* not willing to forgive others
* deliberately and willfully rejecting Christ's sacrifice
* rejecting God's definition of good and evil
The unpardonable sin encompasses far more than just blasphemy against God's power. We need to pray that God allows us to avoid the attitudes of sin that are considered unpardonable, and if we do, we can be sure that we have not and will not commit the unpardonable sin.