Good Morning Saints,
*_Topic: The Unpardonable Sin: Can a Christian commits such sin?_*
Bible: Matthew 12:31-32
*_Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men_.*
*_And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come._*
Beloveth, there is no doubt that these verses of scripture have caused sleepless night to many and have kept many in bondage because of wrong interpretation of this passage. I have personally been asked questions regarding these verses that instils fear in their heart. This morning, let’s reason together on the verses
Brethren, if you want to have good understanding of scripture, always read contextually. How? Ask yourself these 3 questions about the verse or passage of the Bible.
1. Who is talking?
2. To who?
3. What is the Subject of discussion?
The first thing to note in these verses is that, the discussion was between unsaved Jewish leaders and Jesus. Definitely, Jesus wasn’t even talking to his disciples. Jesus was the one talking and talking the unsaved Jewish leaders and the subject is base on their rejection of Him as saviour thereby speaking against his miracle.
If you read the entire chapter, you will understand that Jesus had been performing miracles, including driving demons out of people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of these wicked Jewish leaders to recognize the source of Jesus’ power as God and accept Him as God’s Son, the religious leaders accused Him of being possessed by the devil and driving demons out in the power of the devil.
Why did they reject the truth that the miracle is from God? Because they never accept His divinity and His claim to be the Son of God.
You see, if you read casually, you would think that their sin is primary the words spoken against Jesus’ miracle but that is not the primary sin. Their sin is not just the speaking against his works even though that is offensive on it own but their refusal to accept Jesus as the Son of God and the Saviour. That is the main offense. If they had believed him as Saviour, they wouldn’t have doubted his works. They doubted his works because they doubted his claim to have come from God. So, careful study will reveal that, the root cause of their offense is rejection of his Lordship.
Beloveth, if you have received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit because we have accepted His witness of Jesus already. You see, to commit this unpardonable sin one must consciously, persistently, deliberately, and maliciously reject the testimony of the Spirit about his deity and saving power of the Lord Jesus. If a person keep rejecting him as Saviour till death, there is no hope of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven for such.
Brethren, the unpardonable sin is not any sin committed by a Christian before or after accepting Christ, and it is not saying something terrible about the Holy Spirit. Rather, it is deliberately resisting the Holy Spirit’s witness about Jesus and invitation to turn to Jesus until death ends all opportunity.
Beloveth, if you read the entire passage it will dawn on you that those religious leaders were against Jesus ministry. They hated him for claiming to be the Saviour.
*Why is this unpardonable sin related to the Holy Spirit?*
Because Holy Spirit is the one that bears witness of Jesus to everyone. While the word is powerful, no one can become saved until the Holy Spirit has witnessed to the truthfulness of the message of the cross. So if after he has witnessed the truth to you, you still reject Jesus till death, then you have committed unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit which is not forgivable.
You see, no matter how bad the words you speak against the Holy Spirit before or after salvation, they can and will be forgiven if you genuinely repented . What will not be forgiven is rejection of Holy Spirit’s witness. Let’s look at verses that explains it better.
In John 16:8-9, Jesus was telling them about Holy Spirit’s coming saying :
*_And when he is come (that is, Holy Spirit), he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:_*
*_Of sin, because they believe not on me (Jesus);_*
The reason why Holy Spirit will reprove the world is because they believe not Jesus. Jesus said it.
_Example of Blasphemer in the Bible_
Paul the Apostle was an unrepentant blasphemer. Apart from what I read in the Bible, I have studied Pauline Theology at Post Graduate to know more about him
In 1 Timothy 1:12-13, Paul was telling Timothy about his past lifestyle when he said this:
*_And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry_*;
*_Who was before a BLASPHEMER, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I DID IT IGNORANTLY IN UNBELIEF._*
Do you notice Paul called himself a Blasphemer? If Paul receive forgiveness for blaspheming, then, we conclude therefore that blaspheming is more than just speaking against the works of God because if speaking against the works and person of Christ is the blaspheming, then Paul shouldn’t have been forgiven.
In 1 John 1:9 we read:
*“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”*
The Bible didn’t say, he will cleanse from some unrighteousness. It didn’t say the Bible will cleanse us from all unrighteousness except blasphemy. You see, we have to take God by his word.
In Isaiah 1:18, the Bible says,
*“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.*
Jesus Himself assured us in John 6:37:
*Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37).*
Jesus would have lied if he ever reject anyone. He won’t reject anyone.
Finally, a Christian can’t commit unpardonable sin except they have become an apostate.
Thanks for reading
Isaac Oluwaseun Agbenla
Oracle of God