The unpardonable sin.

It is often maintained that the “unpardonable sin” is when someone “rejects Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.” However, Mark 3:30 defines exactly what the sin is. The scribes said that Jesus did His miracles by an “unclean spirit,” attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan’s power. (In Matt. 12:28, Jesus clearly identifies who is doing the work by saying that He “cast out demons by the Spirit of God.”) If sinners do not acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives as being from God, they cannot be saved and enter the kingdom of God.

It is only by the Holy Spirit that men are convicted of their sin and need for righteousness (John 16:8), and it is only by the Holy Spirit that anyone can discern spiritual truths and understand the salvation God offers in Christ (1 Cor. 2:12–14). Therefore, those who are “stiff-necked” and who “always resist the Holy Spirit” (Acts 7:51) will die in their sins. Because they refuse to acknowledge their sin, they refuse to repent and trust the Savior. For this reason, anyone who rejects the Holy Spirit’s convicting influence and does not repent will not be forgiven, “either in this age or in the age to come” (Matt. 12:32).

Mark 3:29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”

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3 Responses to The unpardonable sin.

  1. Chip says:

    I am a little unclear on your teaching here on two points. First, those who “rejects Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior” and “sinners do not acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives as being from God” are both a rejection of God. I don’t see a significant difference, in that sinners reject the work of God or else they receive Him as Lord. Second, if the definition of blasphemes is to speak irreverently about God or sacred things (Merriam-Webter) then is seems a bit of a stretch to say, “If sinners do not acknowledge…” as blashemy. Acknowledgement is quite different than to speak irreverently, which is much more intentional. I must admit I’ve heard various teachings on the “unpardonable sin” and have spoken with folks who are also confused about this topic. I’m afraid this article does not quite clear up the confusion for me. Best regards.

  2. Chris Tringali says:

    Chip, I agree with you in that I too see them both as a rejection of God. But I would add that attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to satan, keeping that view and then dieing equals rejecting God and His salvation through Christ, to whom the Holy Spirit always points. In the end, what is unpardonable is a person rejecting the Holy Spirit.

  3. Chip says:

    So would you say then, that the unpardonable sin is unpardonable upon the moment of death? Is God’s mercy still available as long as we live?

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