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What Is The Unforgivable Or Unpardonable Sin?

In Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10, Jesus mentioned the unforgivable or unpardonable sin when he said anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. In order words, such a person is guilty of an eternal sin.

Unpardonable Or Unforgivable Sin And Why Jesus Mentioned It

Jesus Christ mentioned the unforgivable or unpardonable sin because of what people said in response to his miracle. The summary of the whole story is that Jesus Christ healed a dumb and blind man by casting a demon out of him. When the Pharisees saw this miracle, they accused him of performing it by the power of Satan. In effect, they were saying that the Holy Spirit, who was empowering Jesus to work miracles, was an impure or evil spirit. This is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, an iniquity that Jesus described as the unforgivable or unpardonable sin.

Why Is Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit An Unforgivable Sin

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unpardonable or unforgivable sin because it is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of their sin, first, before they can repent. (John 16: 6-11) No matter the amount of preaching, teaching and warning you receive from humans, you can never repent unless the holy Spirit moves in to convict you in your heart.

Therefore, if you grieve the Holy Spirit by committing the unforgivable sin against Him, He will end His ministry of conviction in your heart. When this happens, you can no longer repent of both the blasphemy against Him as well as other sins and, for that, your sin becomes unpardonable. Remember that if you do not repent first, you can never be forgiven.

Who Can Be Guilty Of The Unpardonable Sin

Those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit in ignorance cannot be counted as people who are guilty of the unforgivable or unpardonable sin because the Holy Spirit can still convict them of sin in their hearts so that, if they decide to repent, they will do so.

However, those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit out of stubbornness after having received sufficient revelation of the truth can be counted as people guilty of the unforgivable sin. When someone is in ignorance or has not received adequate revelation, they can even blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and still be tolerated by Him. But, this does not apply to those who have gotten abundant knowledge of the truth. Read (HEBREWS 10:26-27)

For example, out of ignorance, many of us can accuse highly anointed servants of God of using Satanic powers when they perform extraordinary miracles. This is the same scenario as the Pharisees accusing Jesus, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit, of performing miracles by the power of Satan. However, if one is still acting in ignorance, they are not yet guilty of the unforgivable sin, since the Holy Spirit can still convict them of sin in their hearts for possible repentance.

Can You Know If You Are Guilty Of The Unforgivable Or Unpardonable Sin?

No, you cannot know if you are guilty of the unforgivable sin. Only God can. Since you have been disconnected from the Holy Spirit’s ministry of conviction, you cannot know and will not even care to know. You will simply believe that everything about you is excellent. You will feel that you don’t even need repentance and forgiveness but you are eternally doomed.

Can You Know If You Are Not Guilty Of The Unpardonable Or Unforgivable ?

Yes, you can. First of all, if you are concerned about this topic and it troubles you, you are not. Those who are guilty, can’t be bothered by this topic at all. The fact that you are bothered means that you have not been disconnected from the Holy Spirit’s ministry of conviction as those who are guilty of the unforgivable sin have. Thanks for reading.

FURTHER READING

Forgiveness: Should I Forgive All My Enemies?

Was It God Or Satan Who Incited David To Number Or Count Israel?

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