“What is 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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Be in agony…

“The more we become what we shall be, the more will compassion rule our hearts. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the pattern and mirror of perfect manhood, what said He concerning the sins and the woes of Jerusalem? He knew Jerusalem must perish; did He bury his pity beneath the fact of the divine decree, and steel His heart by the thought of the sovereignty or the justice that would be resplendent in the city’s destruction? No, not He, but with eyes gushing like founts, he cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings! and you would not.” If you would be like Jesus, you must be tender and very pitiful…I beseech you, let your hearts be moved with pity, do not endure to see the spiritual death of mankind. Be in agony as often as you contemplate the ruin of any soul of the seed of Adam.” Charles Spurgeon 

Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under herwings, but you were not willing!

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No one can “kill” a Christian.

Actually, no one can “kill” a Christian. It’s been well-said that death isn’t the termination of existence, but the entrance into an eternal and unchanging state. The Christian has been “sealed” with the life of God Himself. All a murderer does is promote those who trust in Christ from this pain-filled futile existence into eternal reality. Then, in the coming kingdom, we will enjoy forever an earth where “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isa. 65:25).

“You can kill us, but you cannot do us any real harm.” Justin Martyr (martyred A.D. 165)

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

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Joy and peace.

“Understand that you must not look upon the possession of joy and peace as being the absolutely necessary consequence of your being saved. A man may be in the lifeboat, but that lifeboat may be so tossed about that he may still feel himself exceedingly ill, and think himself to be still in peril. It is not his sense of safety that makes him safe; he is safe because he is in the lifeboat, whether he is sensible of this or not. Understand then that joy and peace are not infallible or indispensable evidences of safety, and that they certainly are not unchanging evidences. The brightest Christians lose their joy, and some of those that stand well in the things of God, and concerning whom you would entertain no doubt, entertain a great many suspicions, however, about themselves. Joy and peace are the element of a Christian, but he is sometimes out of his element: joy and peace are his usual states, but there are times when, with fightings within and wars without, his joy departs, and his peace is broken. The leaves on the tree prove that the tree is alive, but the absence of leaves will not prove that the tree is dead.” Charles Spurgeon 

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Walk in peace.

“Christians ought not to be smothered in fear. There is a spiritual readiness, where we return to having the peace of God stand guard over our hearts and minds. What an incredible witness it is to a lost and fearful society when the Christian acts like a child of God, living under the loving sovereignty of the heavenly Father. Christians needs to walk in peace, so no matter what happens they will be able to bear witness to a watching world.” Henry Blackaby

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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“Judge not, and you shall not be judged…”

The world often takes this verse out of context and uses it to accuse Christians of being “judgmental” when they speak of sin. In the context of this verse Jesus is telling His disciples not to judge one another, something the Bible condemns (Rom. 14:10; James 4:11). In Luke 6:41,42 He speaks of seeing a speck in a brother’s eye. He also tells us that when we judge, we should use “righteous judgment” (John 7:24). If someone steals, lies, commits adultery, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences.

It is important to make it clear that whenever we speak about sin we are making a moral judgment, but it is based on God’s standards, not ours. The moral Law is the righteous standard by which all of us will be judged. So, helping people see how they will do when they stand before God on Judgment Day it is not being judgmental—it is being compassionate. Chuck Colson said, “True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated—and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.”

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

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Still have to face God.

The disobedient and rebellious hate God’s Law. They think that their moral dilemma will be solved and they can sin with guilt-free abandonment if they expel the Ten Commandments and those who preach God’s Law. However, God wrote His Law in stone with His own finger, and He engraved its work on the tablets of their heart (see Rom. 2:15). They will still have to face Him and His Law on the Day of Wrath.

Nehemiah 9:26 “Nevertheless they were disobedient

And rebelled against You,

Cast Your law behind their backs

And killed Your prophets, who testified against them

To turn them to Yourself;

And they worked great provocations.

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