THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

 


In our previous post, DON’T HURT YOUR HELPER (SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT), we dealt with the two types of sins we commit against the Holy Spirit and how to avoid them. In this post, I shall be dealing with the third category of sins committed against the Holy Spirit: blasphemy, which Jesus described as unpardonable.

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." Matthew 12:31-32

Even though Jesus forgives our sins no matter how bad it might seem and his blood is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He clearly states that blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is the sin unto death and also the unpardonable sin, both in this age and the age to come. That is a serious matter. Anyone who becomes a victim of this sin is doomed for all eternity. Is it possible you might have committed that sin or may fall into it one day?

NOT ALL SINS ARE BLASPHEMY

You need to understand that it isn't every sin we commit against the Holy Spirit that is unforgivable even though they also give Satan an advantage over us and deny us the manifest presence and power of the Holy Spirit leading to our victorious walk in Christ. We must immediately confess and receive forgiveness the moment we become aware of it.

"If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death." 1John 5:16 -17

The fact that fornication, adultery, idolatry, murder and the likes may not be the sins unto death does not imply that we are free to continue committing those acts, because, they are still unrighteousness and they have devastating effects upon the believer who allows them in his or her life. But there is the reality of the unforgivable sin: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

WHAT IS BLASPHEMY?

From the Greek translation of the Bible, to blaspheme means: to vilify; especially, to speak impiously, defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Hebrews 10:26

Those who know so much about God and yet refuse to submit their life to Him are at the highest risk of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Anyone who just keeps hearing without taking the necessary steps of obedience, particularly with regards to salvation, will eventually become hardened.

While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15

"It is a persistent, habitual, willful continuing in sin, against better knowledge. It is a persistent, habitual and willful neglect of the Spirit of God and living contrary to the commands of God … it consists of a complete rejection of the way of salvation in Jesus Christ." RICHARD J. VENEMA

So an ignorant unbeliever who has not heard of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. This is because background of adequate and right knowledge is required to make an act qualify as blasphemy.

CAN A BELIEVER IN CHRIST JESUS BLASPHEME AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT?

When one becomes saved the following take place,

1. He's made a child of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

2. He becomes one spirit with Christ

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1Corinthians 6:17

3. He is sealed with the Holy Spirit

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

4. He is accepted in the beloved

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

5. His name is written in the book of life

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:23

6. All his sins are forgiven him

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Act 26:18

7. He has become a new creature

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Corinthians 5:17

8. He has also become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

9. He is made to sit with Christ in heavenly places

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6

10. He is hidden with Christ in God

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

The list is endless

Now what will happen to all these things above when he commits that sin that cannot be forgiven in this life and the next? You see, it is impossible for a child of God to commit the unpardonable sin. Any sin a believer commits can be placed under grieving or quenching the spirit which also has consequences.

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost." 1Corinthians 12:3

In Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJV

Our coming to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour and remaining in Him heavily depends on the work of the Holy Spirit.

In reality, the actual sin that leads to eternal condemnation and eternal separation from God is the rejection of Christ and His finished work on the cross. The Holy Spirit is the only divine agent by whom we come to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice for our sins, it is by Him, the Spirit of grace, we access the saving grace that leads us to acknowledging Jesus as Lord. Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, therefore, shuts the one who does it out of access to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It is impossible for a genuine believer to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

The difficulty we might have in accepting this has been occasioned by the fact that, at every point in time among believers, we have those who crept into the church (Jude 1:4) instead of being born into (John 3:3,5,7), the flock and the wolves in sheep clothing (Matthew 7:15)

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19

A believer can and does fall but a believer cannot and does not fall away.

A believer can and does sin and there are consequences but a believer cannot and does not commit the sin onto death.

A believer can and does sin against the Holy Spirit: grieving and quenching (he should not because it gives the enemy an advantage over you) but a believer cannot and does blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

God has a recovery plan for the believer who sins (1John 1:9, 1John 2:1) but not for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

What of someone you knew and can testify personally that he/ she was a genuine believer? Well, the scripture has this to say:

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1John 2:19

If you still cannot accept this scripture, then, judge nothing before its time and keep praying for such individuals, if the Lord restores them before they die physically, then you'll know they were not victims of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

HOW TO AVOID THIS UNPARDONABLE SIN

Make sure your walk with God is genuine. Don’t pretend, don’t be a wolf in sheep's clothing, be sincere with God. Have you come to salvation? I mean have you given your life to Jesus by yourself with nothing standing in-between you? If you have done so already, then, help another by sharing this link with as many contacts as you have. You might never know who will receive help by your kind action.

Let me give you that opportunity to come to Christ if you have not yet done so. Pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with God by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the Gospel of John.

 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Pastor J. This is timely. God bless you

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