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|NASB||Mark 3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"--|
|Mark 3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit and His power [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin [a sin which is unforgivable in this present age as well as in the age to come]"-- [Matt 12:32; Luke 12:10]|
My thoughts on the unpardonable sin:
Do you agree?
"And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven" (Matthew 12:31).
"Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin" (Mark 3:29).
"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven" (Luke 12:10).
A. This is a one time speaking sin. Once somebody speaks against the Holy Spirit, they can never be forgiven.
B. This means to call miracles the work of the devil.
C. This sin simply means unbelief.
D. This sin is to harden the heart to the Spirit's call to repentance and to completely reject God.
God's word is perfect so in order for any of these suggestions to be the correct meaning of the verse, they must not contradict other scripture.
In Matthew's version, Jesus says every kind of slander can be forgiven. The key word here is "EVERY". The Message version translates it as "There's NOTHING done or said that can't be forgiven". So, this is NOT simply a one time speaking sin.
Over and over, the Bible says that all who believe are saved. Below are a few examples.
Acts 13:39 - "Through him everyone who believes is set free from EVERY sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses."
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him SHALL NOT PERISH but have eternal life."
John 3:18 - "Whoever believes in him is NOT CONDEMNED."
Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES!"
1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and WILL FORGIVE us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
So, according to these verses and many others in the Bible, belief in God forgives every single sin, not most sins, every sin! Everyone who believes is saved and no one who believes is condemned. Believers in Christ shall not perish! All sins that are repented of will bring forgiveness. So, though calling the work of Christ the work of the devil may be the beginning of this unforgivable sin, this alone is STILL FORGIVABLE if the person is truly repentant! Note: Jesus never said that the Pharisees had committed this sin. It's possible that Jesus was simply giving a warning to them if they continued.
Though this option makes sense in context with most of the Bible, Mark 3:30 says that Jesus said this because they said he has an impure spirit. It does not say that he said this because they refused to believe. Therefore, it appears that there is more to this sin than simply unbelief.
This option is the one option that seems to fit best with the rest of Scripture. The Bible says, as stated in the review of option B, that God will forgive those who are truly repentant. Therefore, this sin must be something that puts the believer beyond repentance. Hebrews 6:4-6 says, "It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance." This passage does not say forgiveness is impossible, it says repentance is impossible. Therefore, there is a point where people can fall so far away that they can no longer be brought back to repentance. This makes sense for this sin because the Holy Spirit is the one that leads people to repentance. So, if someone totally rejects God and refuses to listen to the spirit's call to repentance, they will eventually reach a point where they can no longer hear the Spirit calling them back. Therefore, if they can no longer be brought back to repentance, they can no longer be forgiven. The problem is not that God refuses to forgive them. Romans 10:13 says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. The problem is that they refuse to call on that saving name and salvation can not be found any other way. "Salvation is found in no one else for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
So, if one worries that they may have committed this sin, they haven't. This fear shows that they do still care and therefore there is still a Spirit at work in them. The Spirit will not continue to work in those who cannot be saved because Ephesians 1:14 calls the Spirit a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. So, as long as the Spirit is at work in someone, there is still hope of salvation. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says that Godly sorrow brings repentance which leads to salvation. John 6:37 says that nobody who comes to God in repentance will ever be driven away.
Bible Answer: Hello Nathan,
You ask a good question and I appreciate the format and options, which show you've given it some thought:-) Much has been written on this- and far more that I can or would want to elaborate on at this point.
Suffice it to say that I've held to Option C: This sin simply means unbelief. I think it's clear from scripture and logical that God cannot forgive unbelief! This is exemplified through the entire Gospel of John, i.e. 3:15, "so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life". Belief here would include: Knowledge, assent, and trust!
Unbelief in the Person and work of our Savior cannot be forgiven.
Speaking the Truth in Love,
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