Have you worried that you committed the unforgivable sin? If so, be encouraged that you did not. The person who is not forgiven is someone who doesn’t care. Jesus came to earth to seek and save the lost, and His ministry here lasted only three years. In those three years people came to Him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. He taught with authority, healed the sick and cast out demons. His family thought He was out of His mind. The teachers of the law said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons” (Mark 3:22). Friends, this is the unforgivable sin–to deny the power of the Holy Spirit and to credit such miracles to Satan.
Jesus said, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand . . . And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come” (Mark 3:23-26). You and I know that Satan is alive and well. He works in our hearts to tempt us to sin against God, even reject Him. Jesus said, “All the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of eternal sin” (Mark 3:28-29).
THINK ABOUT IT
To blaspheme the Holy Spirit, you would have to deny God–not believe in Him, not trust Him, not love Him. My friend Pastor Rich Sherman said, “The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart.” The person who denies God has a serious heart condition.
PRAY ABOUT IT
Father God, thank you for Jesus. He came to make a way for us, even sacrifice His life on the cross for our sins. Help us to live in light of our salvation. Help us to be more like Jesus. In His great name, Amen.