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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:


Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin



The Unpardonable Sin

 

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Whenever you are trying to understand a part of Scripture,

there are some guidelines to follow.

 Study it in its context, in other words look carefully at the surrounding verses.

 You should look at it in light of its Biblical history and background. 

The Bible is cohesive. 

It is one story, the amazing story of God’s plan of redemption. 

No part can be understood alone.

  It is a good idea to ask questions about a passage or topic,

such as, who, what, where, when, why and how.



    When it comes to the question of whether or not a person

 has committed the unpardonable sin, background is important to its understanding.

  Jesus began His ministry of preaching and healing

six months after John the Baptist began his.

 John was sent by God to prepare people to receive Jesus and as a witness to Who He was. 

John 1:7 “to bear witness to the Light."  John 1:14&15, 19-36

God told John that he would see the Spirit descend and abide upon Him.

 John 1:32-34 John said “he bare record that this was the Son of God.” 

He also said of Him, “Behold the Lamb of God that

takes away the son of the world.  John 1:29  See also John 5:33



    The priests and Levites (religious leaders of the Jews)

were aware of both John and Jesus.

 The Pharisees (another group of Jewish leaders)

began to ask them who they were and by what authority they were preaching and teaching.

  It seems they began to see them as a threat.

 They asked John if he were the Christ (he said he was not) or

“that prophet.”  John 1:21  This is very important to the question at hand. 

The phrase “that prophet” comes from the prophecy given to Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15

and is explained in Deuteronomy 34:10-12 where God tells Moses

 that another prophet would come who would be like himself and preach

and do great wonders (a prophecy about Christ). 

This and other Old Testament prophecies were given so people

would recognize the Christ (the Messiah) when He came.



    So Jesus began to preach and show people that He was the promised Messiah

and to prove it by mighty wonders. 

He made the claim that He spoke the words of God and that He came from God.

 (John chapter 1, Hebrews chapter 1, John 3:16, John 7:16)

In John 12:49&50 Jesus said, “I (do) not speak of my own accord,

but the Father Who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.”

 By teaching and doing miracles Jesus fulfilled both aspects of Moses’ prophecy.  John 7:40

 The Pharisees were knowledgeable in Old Testament Scripture;

 familiar with all these Messianic prophecies.  

Read John 5:36-47 to see what Jesus said about this. 

In verse 46 of that passage Jesus claims to be “that prophet” by saying “he spoke of me.”

 Read also Acts 3:22  Many people were asking if He were the Christ

or “the Son of David.”  Matthew 12:23



    This background and the Scriptures about it all connect to the question

of the unpardonable sin.

 All of these facts come up in the passages about this question.

 They are found in Matthew 12:22-37; Mark 3:20-30 and Luke 11:14-54,

especially verse 52.

  Please read these carefully if you want to understand the issue. 

The situation is about Who Jesus is and Who empowered Him to do miracles. 

By this time the Pharisees are jealous of Him, testing Him,

 trying to trip Him up with questions and refusing to acknowledge

Who He is and refusing to come to Him that they might have life.  John 5:36-47

According to Matthew 12:14&15 they were even trying to kill Him. 

See also John 10:31.  It appears that the Pharisees followed Him

(perhaps mingling with the crowds who gathered to hear Him preach and do miracles)

 in order to keep watch on Him.



    On this particular occasion concerning the unpardonable sin

Mark 3:22 states that they came down from Jerusalem.  

They apparently followed Him when he left the crowds to go somewhere else

 because they wanted to find a reason to kill Him.

  There Jesus drove out a demon from a man and healed him. 

It is here that the sin in question occurs.  Matthew 12:24

“When the Pharisees heard this they said, ‘it is only by Baalzebub the prince of demons

 that this fellow drives out demons.”  (Baalzebub is another name for Satan.) 

It is at the end of this passage where Jesus concludes by saying,

“whoso speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him,

neither in this world nor in the world to come.” 

This is the unpardonable sin: “they said that He had an unclean spirit.”  Mark 3:30

 The whole discourse, which includes the remarks about the unpardonable sin,

 is directed at the Pharisees.

 Jesus knew their thoughts and He spoke to them directly about what they were saying. 

Jesus’ whole discourse and His judgment on them is based on their thoughts and words;

He started with that and ended with that.



    Simply stated the unpardonable sin is crediting or attributing Jesus’ wonders and miracles,

 especially casting out demons, to an unclean spirit. 

The Scofield Reference Bible says in the notes on page 1013 about Mark 3:29&30

 that the unpardonable sin is “ascribing to Satan the works of the Spirit.”

 The Holy Spirit is involved – He empowered Jesus.  Jesus said in Matthew 12:28,

“If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God then the kingdom of God has come unto you.”

 He concludes by saying wherefore (that is because you say these things)

“blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto you.”  Matthew 12:31 

There is no other explanation in Scripture saying what blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is.

  Remember the background.  Jesus had the witness of John the Baptist (John 1:32-34)

that the Spirit was upon Him. 

Words used in the dictionary to describe blasphemy

are to profane, revile, insult and show contempt.



 Surely discrediting Jesus’ works fits this.  We don’t like it when someone else

gets credit for what we do.

 Imagine taking the Spirit’s work and crediting it to Satan.

Most scholars say this sin occurred only while Jesus was on the earth. 

The reasoning behind this is that the Pharisees were eyewitnesses

to His miracles and heard firsthand accounts about them. 

They were also learned in the Scriptural prophecies and were leaders

who were thus more accountable because of their position. 

Knowing that John the Baptist said He was the Messiah and that Jesus

said His works proved Who He was, they still persistently refused to believe. 

Worse still, in the very Scriptures which discuss this sin,

Jesus not only speaks of their blasphemy, but also accuses them of another fault

– that of scattering those who witnessed their blasphemy. 

Matthew 12:30&31 “he who does not gather with me scatters. 

And so I tell you…anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”



    All these things are linked together bringing Jesus’ harsh condemnation. 

To discredit the Spirit is to discredit Christ, thus nullifying His work to any

who listened to what the Pharisees said.

  It eradicates all of Christ’s teaching and salvation with it. 

Jesus said of the Pharisees in Luke 11:23, 51&52 that not only did the Pharisees

not enter in but they hindered or prevented those who were entering.  Matthew 23:13

  "you shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces." 

They should have been showing people the way and instead they were turning them away. 

Read also John 5:33, 36, 40; 10:37&38 (actually the entire chapter)

; 14:10&11; 15:22-24.

 To sum it up, they were guilty because: they knew; they saw; they had knowledge;

they did not believe; they kept others from believing and they blasphemed the Holy Spirit.


  Vincent's Greek Word Studies adds another part of the explanation from Greek grammar

by pointing out that in Mark 3:30 the verb tense indicates that they kept on saying

or persisted in saying "He has an unclean spirit." 

The evidence indicates that they kept on saying this even after the resurrection.

 All the evidence indicates that the unpardonable sin is not one isolated act,

but a persistent pattern of behavior.

 To say otherwise would negate the clear often repeated truth of the Scripture that

"whoever will may come."  Revelation 22:17  

 John 3:14-16 "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man

must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

 that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." 

Romans 10:13 "for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"


   
  God is calling us to believe in Christ and the gospel.

 I Corinthians 15:3&4 "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,"  

If you believe in Christ, surely you are not crediting His works to Satan’s

power and committing the unpardonable sin. 

“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples,

which are not recorded in this book.

 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,

the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  John 20:30&31



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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b

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Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?


Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?


The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.


The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.


The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.


Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.


There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3


As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.


May God bless you as you follow Him.


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