The Unpardonable Sin

What is the unpardonable sin? What does it mean and who can commit it?
In Matthew 12, a demon-possessed man who was blind and couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. Jesus healed the man and the crowd was amazed. Seeing Jesus heal the man, the crowd said, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of God?”
When the Pharisees heard the crowd say this they replied, “No wonder He can cast out demons.. He gets His power from Satan the prince of demons” (Matt. 12:24).
The Pharisees had seen the same thing the crowd had seen… they saw Jesus heal the demon-possessed man… but when they heard the crowd say they thought Jesus was the Messiah, the Pharisees gave credit for the miracle to Satan.
When Jesus heard the Pharisees He replied, “…every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven – except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven” (Matt. 12:31).
We know that Jesus forgives our sins. So, when we heard the Lord say there is one sin that cannot be forgiven, we have a tendency to dig a little. Why isn’t that sin forgiven and who can commit that sin?
Go back to the miracle…. Everyone.. including the Pharisees… saw Jesus heal the demon-possessed man. Seeing the miracle, the crowd realized that Jesus was the Messiah. But when the Pharisees heard that from the crowd, it bothered them because they had rejected Jesus. So, the Pharisees had seen Jesus do a miracle yet, they gave credit for it to Satan. They had committed the unpardonable sin.
How is this done today?
When an unsaved person hears the gospel. Someone explains it to them and they understand it. So now, they have the opportunity to respond to the gospel and they refused to accept Christ. If they refuse and never invite Christ into their heart, when that person dies, they will be separated from God in hell and in hell, there is no forgiveness of sin. So, in rejecting the gospel, the person has committed the unpardonable sin… they are in hell where there is no forgiveness of sin.
Now, someone may ask, “How do I know if I’ve committed the unpardonable sin?” I heard it explained like this once; “if you think you’ve committed it, it means you haven’t.”
You may know someone who has heard the gospel… someone who knows what they must do to be saved… but they have rejected the gospel. You need to pray for that person and urge them to give their life to Christ.

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