What is the Unpardonable Sin?

This issue hangs over the heads of millions of Christians like a heavy fog that just simplySIN

will not clear away.

Mostly this question is asked by those who do not yet have a full revelation of the Father’s true nature.

Jesus accurately portrayed the Father’s nature (having had firsthand experience in heaven) when He told the parable of the prodigal son.

Even though believers agree that we are saved through faith, there still remains with some people a slight “caution” of God, a fear of rejection or punishment for not continually performing at our best, or perhaps failing to confess some hidden or forgotten sin.

  • The following verse is commonly quoted: …but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation. (Mark 3: 29 NKJV) Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit indirectly implies that such a person has not yet been saved.

Here’s why:

  • The moment someone is born again they are filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit: 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. (Eph 1: 13 NKJV)
  • The Holy Spirit cannot blaspheme against Himself, because since He is God this would mean He is blaspheming against God. No, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Father and testifies to the fact that Jesus had come in the flesh: By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. (1 John 4: 2 NKJV)

So this means that no person that has been given the Holy Spirit, can speaking by the spirit blaspheme against God. If a person blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it means the Spirit they have is not the Holy Spirit, which means they have not yet been saved and therefore cannot be forgiven for their sin (because they don’t believe in Jesus).

  • However once such a person repents and puts their faith in Christ, all their sins are forgiven. When we sin, we fall into grace.

The bigger our sin, the bigger the grace that covers the sin, according to Romans 5: 20 (and remember we’re not encouraging people to go out and sin).

If we ever think that there’s a sin that cannot be covered by God’s grace, we are actually saying that the punishment that was bestowed on Jesus was not harsh enough and that our sin is more powerful than the power of His forgiveness!

  • Those who do this are trampling the grace of God under foot. Only One Unforgivable Sin There is one sin however, that can’t be forgiven.

And this is also a very misunderstood scripture…

Jesus had just told His disciples He would be going away, but that He would send the Helper to them; the promised Holy Spirit: And when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16: 8 NKJV)

  • Most people stop here and think this verse means the Holy Spirit’s job is to convict them of sin; that He is always supposed to make them feel guilty about “unholy areas” in their life.

However most people miss the fact that there is a semi colon at the end of verse 8. This means that Jesus was about to explain what He had just said! So let’s read the next verses as well: 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16: 8-10 NKJV)

Verse 9 says the Holy Spirit will convict the world of their sin of unbelief in Jesus, thus He is referring to unbelievers. Also, it says “sin”, not “sins”. Unbelief in Jesus Christ is the only sin that Jesus could not die for.

This is the only sin that God can’t forgive. A person has to believe in Jesus if they want to be saved! The above verses also say that the Holy Spirit will convict people of two other things: Verse 10 –of righteousness, because Jesus went to the Father, and imputed His righteousness to believers as a free gift! Verse 11 –of judgment, because Satan (the ruler of this world) is judged!

So the Holy Spirit really only reminds us of how righteous we are in Christ, how powerless Satan is, and He reminds unbelievers that they need to believe in Jesus. What an awesome God we serve!

  • So if we still live with some secret fear of punishment, then we have not yet received the full revelation of the grace and love of our Father:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment [punishment]. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4: 18 NKJV)

  • Knowing how much our Father loves us will cast out all fear of punishment, because we have been made righteous forever!

 

Approaching God with Boldness

After clothing us with His own spotless garment of righteousness, God does not wBoldnesssssssssant us to
be conscious of our sins anymore, like the people were under the Old Covenant.

Trying to live according to the requirements of the law will make us all too aware of just how poorly we measure up against it.

The only way for a believer to have confidence when approaching God is to be
absolutely convinced that all their sins have been forgiven!

Anything less will always leave a trace of uncertainty about whether God really loves them or wants to bless them. God wants us to be conscious of our righteousness.

When we constantly tell God how sorry we are for this and that sin, we remind ourselves of how bad we think we are, forgetting that our sin was already forgiven at the cross more than 2000 years ago!

The writer of Hebrews wanted to instill in his readers this same confidence, showing them how the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old allows the believer to draw near to God with boldness, trusting not in their own level of obedience to the law, but in the blood of Christ.

Those who try to please God through their own efforts of law keeping are like the priests of the Old Covenant who constantly remained conscious of their mistakes, because no human being was or is ever able to perfectly execute the obligations of the law:

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered?

For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Heb 10: 1-4, NKJV) But this Man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Heb 10: 12-14 NKJV) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Heb 10: 19-23 NKJV)

Being Aware of Who We ARE

Which of the following attitudes would Christ rather want us to walk around with: Feeling condemned, unworthy and guilty, begging and crawling on our knees before Him, constantly pleading for mercy?

While at the same time having no confidence whatsoever to approach Him because we feel we are sinners?

Or would God rather want us to be conscious of the fact that and loved by Him, how we have been justified and made righteous and given authority  over sickness, poverty and all other enemies of God?

We have even been seated in heavenly places with Christ! …and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2: 6 NKJV)

Now how can a believer who sits in heaven still think that they are a sinner?

This can only happen when we try to relate to God on the basis of how well we have performed, forgetting that this is not the way that He relates to us.

God is a Spirit and He relates Spirit to Spirit. And since the Spirit of a believer has been sanctified, perfected, purified and justified, this is the way that God sees us. In Matthew 3 we see Jesus being baptized in the river Jordan.

This was before He had done any miracles, before He began His ministry and before He had healed even a single person.

After He was baptized the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit came down onto Him like a dove and the Father said “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

What makes this so remarkable is the fact that Jesus was accepted and loved by God before He even did one miracle or began His ministry.

Why then did God love Him already?

Because Jesus was God’s Son – simple as that.

By the way it isn’t written anywhere that the heavens ever closed again or that the Holy Spirit ever “lifted” off Him again.

Now the Bible tells us over and over that because of our faith in Christ, we are God’s children too.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8: 16 NKJV)

In fact we are even called God’s SONS, just like Jesus: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty”. (2 Cor 6: 18 NKJV)

Now if God loved Jesus at that stage, regardless of the fact that He hadn’t done any miracles, didn’t have a ministry or hadn’t even preached a sermon yet, wouldn’t God, because He is the same forever, love us in the same way?

We can therefore, whether we feel like He loves us or not, whether we think we’ve committed the worst sin or whether we feel like we’ve been wasting our lives with insignificant activities, trust that God rejoices over us simply because of our identity:

We are His beloved children, bought with the most precious commodity in the universe:

The blood of Christ: …knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Pet 1: 18-19 NKJV)

God is pleased with us, whether we do miracles or have a ministry, OR NOT.