MARK 3:28-30: “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” — because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Have I committed the unpardonable sin? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Has anyone ever asked you this question regarding themselves? To be honest, it is one of the most confusing questions that one can grapple with as they study the Scriptures.
Why is it so confusing? Satan loves to throw this question at a believer or seeker of Jesus. He proposes – If they have committed the unpardonable sin – then they are without hope. Satan is the author of confusion and condemnation. In fact, it was Jesus’ upending of Satan’s rule that brought this question to the forefront to begin with.
- “For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.” Mark 3:10-12 NKJV
Jesus began to break Satan’s hold upon mankind. He broke the enemy’s hold over their bodies as He healed them. And, He broke the enemy’s hold over their mind and spirits as He delivered them. The demons knew who they were facing. They were being confronted by the Son of the living God!
It is amazing that the demons acknowledged Jesus but the religious rulers would not. In fact, the confrontation between Jesus and the religious rulers framed the very basis of Jesus’ statement regarding the unpardonable sin.
- “And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” Mark 3:22 NKJV
Jesus, the Son of God, acknowledged by those He healed, and even by the demons He cast out, was rejected but the religious leaders of His day. They went one step further. They attributed the works of the Holy Spirit to Satan himself. It is in this act that we begin to understand the unpardonable sin.
Jesus made it very clear in His response to the scribes.
- “So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.” Mark 3:23-24, 26-27 NKJV
The scribes knew the Scriptures. They claimed to know God. And, in this moment they were being confronted with the reality of two Kingdoms. The kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of light. Jesus told them what they already knew. Satan could not cast out Satan. Therefore, if Satan was being cast out it must be by the power of God. There was no other choice or explanation.
In light of this full revelation the scribes crossed the line. They chose to deny the Scriptures, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and the very manifestation of the power of God that was evidenced before them. Out of their hatred and continual hardness of heart they chose to deny all of this and attribute it to the work of Satan himself.
This is the unpardonable sin!
So how can one know if they have committed the unpardonable sin? One might think – “Did I say something like the scribes that has crossed the line?” Or – “Am I lost and beyond the hope of receiving God’s grace and forgiveness?”
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!
If you have ever asked yourself these questions, if it has ever been a concern in your life – YOU HAVE NOT COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN! The unpardonable sin is not a period of momentary doubt, a slip of the tongue, or a lapse of backsliding or sin. It is not even a life broken by sin that has blasphemed the name of Jesus.
The unpardonable sin is the continual hardening of one’s heart, over a long period of time, until they no longer are able to receive the conviction of their conscience or of the Holy Spirit. When one has crossed this line they will not even ask these questions. The scribes had hardened their hearts long before Jesus came. And, when Jesus was right in front of them they could not even discern it. The light of Jesus was blocked by the darkness of their hardened hearts.
How can we know if someone else has committed the unpardonable sin. WE CANNOT! We have not been given the calling, authority, or responsibility of passing judgment on the heart of another person. The only heart that we can truly know is our own. And, if we are even concerned about this question, then the Holy Spirit is still present and working in us to bring us to Christ.
The wonderful message of the Gospel is that the pathway of forgiveness is always open to the heart of one who repents. There is no sin so great that can separate us from the loving provision of God’s grace. As long as their is conviction in our hearts there is hope. If we hear God’s call and respond with heartfelt repentance He will always receive us with loving arms!
- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 NKJV
- “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NKJV
Lord, this morning I pray for all those who are battling with guilt and the condemnation of the enemy. Comfort their hearts and let them hear Your loving voice – calling them home, knocking on the door, and inviting them to be forgiven, cleansed, and restored. Let them open the door of their hearts to You!
In Jesus Name!