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A308 The Unpardonable Sin

Spirit can be Grieved

Eph 4:30  “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Grieving the Holy Spirit – Blasphemy

Mat 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.”

DA 324 “The most common manifestation of the sin against the Holy Spirit is in persistently slighting Heaven’s invitation to repent.  Every step in the rejection of Christ is a step toward the rejection of salvation, and toward the sin against the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 12:10  “And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.”

Blasphemy against the Son will be forgiven, but not blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the convicting power of God.  Why the distinction? 

To deny the personality and working of the Spirit in this passage is as foolish as to deny the personality and working of the Father and the Son.  We may as well make all three an attribute, if we make the Holy Spirit an attribute.  The aggravated nature of this sin proves His supreme Divinity.

All these are attributes of a conscious, free thinking person.  The Holy Ghost was blasphemed by the Pharisees.  The Holy Ghost was lied to, which is a wilful deception.  Even a child knows he cannot lie to a stone or element of force.

A Sin which Cannot be Forgiven

Mat 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.”

The Saviour states clearly that the unpardonable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

To understand just how one can sin against the third member of the Godhead we need to have some understanding of the special work of the Holy Spirit.

John 16:8  “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

The margin reads “to convict, or convince” the world of sin.

1 John 3:4  “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

The work of the Holy Spirit is to point out sin, the violation of the commandments, in each individual life.

Note the ten commandments…

The Holy Spirit speaks to the heart of the blasphemer, the thief, the adulterer, the Sabbath breaker, the covetous, to any who disregard the claims of the Ten Commandments.  He comes to convince, to convict, of sin and to plead with the individual to give up the evil and turn to Christ, the only name under heaven whereby we must be saved.

John 16:13  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”

John 17:17  “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

John 14:26  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The spirit of truth is to guide into all truth.The Holy Spirit is sent to help men to understand the truths of the Bible.  He is to bring to rememberance the teachings of Jesus.

Isa 30:21  “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Men do not receive all of God’s truth at one time.  The Lord reveals His will progressively so that His followers might faithfully follow the path leading closer to Christ.

Prov 4:18  “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

Rom 8:14  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

If any will not be led by the Spirit, they are not the sons of God.  If the Spirit is to guide, men must be willing to be led.

John 12:35-36  “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.  While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”

Can the Lord mean there will come a time when the light of His Word will no longer shine upon the pathway? when His Spirit will no longer plead with the hearts of men and to convict them of sin?  There is a time coming when, too late, men will cry out for the Word they have long since spurned, and will not be able to find it.

Amos 8:11-12  “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”

There will also be an awful time when an offended God will withdraw His Spirit from the earth.

Gen 6:3  “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

With this solemn thought in mind, all should consider the appeals of the Holy Spirit while there is yet time.

John 15:22  “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.”

John 9:41  “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

It is a serious thing to fail to obey the Spirit’s leading, as He is the one who guides into all truth.  If any fail to follow the light He is shining upon their pathway, inspiration says they “have no excuse” for their transgression, and that their “sin remaineth.”  For the willful disobedient:

Rom 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

What Has This to Do with the Unpardonable Sin?

When the Spirit of truth and conviction knocks at the heart’s door, heed the call.

If anyone sends Him away, once, twice, thrice, each time He returns, His appeal will become less and less discerned.  Each succeeding visit finds the heart door more firmly wedged against Him.  Each appeal is less audible, until finally the wall of resistance is built up against every appeal.  Finally the voice of conscience is silenced.

The obstinate sinner goes his way unyielding, the appeals of the Spirit drowned beneath selfishness and sin.  There is no more room or opportunity for forgiveness.  Their cup is full.

If the conscience is not shielded, it will become hard and calloused, totally devoid and in utter abandon.

There is only one reason why God will not pardon the sin against the Holy Spirit.  The sinner has no desire to be forgiven.  God will forgive every confessed sin (1 John 1:9).  But without repentance forgiveness would be mere mockery.

John 6:44  “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The Holy Spirit is the only agent God uses to bring men to repentance.  Grieve this agent and the sinner is lost.  If there is no room for appeal to the heart, all hope is gone.  Grace has been sinned away.

Of Israel, in persistent sin:

Acts 7:42  “Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?”

1 Tim 4:2  “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”

The time may come when the individual’s conscience is seared with a hot iron.

2 Th 2:11  “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

Continued disregard leads to total abandon to sin.

Jude 1:13  “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.”

Conscience seared, truth rejected, the soul becomes a “wandering star”.

Eph 4:30  “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

Acts 7:51  “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”

1 Th 5:19  “Quench not the Spirit.”

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