The 700 Club
-- The concept of an unpardonable sin has been a source of difficulty for
many because it seems to go against the Bible's teachings about grace. We understand
that God's grace forgives every sin, but our Lord mentioned one sin that cannot
Let us put it in its biblical context. The religious leaders
had come out to hear Him, but they opposed virtually everything He said. As He
was doing miracles and casting out devils, they said, "This fellow does not cast
out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons" (Matthew 12:24).
people were so blind spiritually that they were attributing the work of the Holy
Spirit to Satan. Not only were they doing this, but they were also rejecting the
Holy Spirit's work in their own lives. The Holy Spirit was saying, "This is the
Son of God. This is God." And they were saying, "He is not God! He is Satan's
agent." Then Jesus said, "Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the
blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.... Whoever speaks against
the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age
to come" (Matthew 12:31-32).
Obviously, the unpardonable sin is not merely
saying an unkind thing about the Holy Spirit. The religious leaders involved had
turned totally against the revelation of God. They were so far into their own
wickedness that they rejected not only Jesus Christ but also the Holy Spirit.
They were saying that good was evil and evil was good. They called the Spirit
of God, Satan!
They had rejected spiritual understanding and so could never
come to Jesus, the one source of forgiveness. If a person does not accept Jesus,
he cannot have forgiveness. If he rejects the Holy Spirit and turns away from
Jesus Christ, he can receive no forgiveness. That is what these so-called "religious
leaders" had done.
If you want to obey God but are concerned that you may have
committed the unpardonable sin, you have not committed it. If anyone today has
committed this sin, it would be one who is hard-hearted, who has turned against
Jesus, reviled Him, and become so depraved that He would claim that God's Spirit
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