Driving in the car with my besties, Metallica’s song, The Unforgiven came on. Which brought to mind the question: What can one do that would cause them to be unforgiven?
“Okay,” I said, “Bible trivia. What’s the unforgivable sin?”
“The Devil is unforgiven because of his sin.”
I chuckled, never thinking about it that way. “That’s true.”
“Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,” said the other.
“Ding, ding, ding. You are correct.”
As Metallica played on, another question arose.
“So you’re saying that someone can lie, cheat, murder, steal, commit adultery…but if they talk smack about God, they’re out?”
“I know. It makes no sense.”
We joked about some scenarios and then moved on in our conversation.
But I got to thinking; Do I really understand what this means?
The next morning, I dug deep into the question.
I reread the scripture in Matthew 12:31, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” If a person truly listens to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and asks for pardon and forgiveness that person is not guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.”
I looked in my Logos Bible program for answers. And then visited a couple of my favorite sites:
“Any sin mankind wants pardon for is forgivable. However, if we turn our backs on the voice of the Holy Spirit we begin to silence His convictions and eventually we cannot hear His convicting power. This effectively blocks the working of God in our lives because we have reached a point where we are unable to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.”
“Consider this illustration of the unpardonable sin. Imagine you are tired of the Holy Spirit convicting you of a particular pet sin. You want to completely remove His promptings even though the voice is warning you of danger and lovingly trying to show you the right path. So what do you do? You begin building a theoretical brick wall to block your conviction. Each brick in the wall represents a singular time you reject the conviction of the Holy Spirit. As you continue to reject the Holy Spirit, the “voice” you hear gets softer and softer. You become more and more confident in your current pathway of life. Eventually, as you lay more and more bricks down you cannot hear the Holy Spirit anymore, thus effectively cutting off your way to repentance and therefore salvation.”
“The unpardonable sin today is the state of continued unbelief. The Spirit currently convicts the unsaved world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). To resist that conviction and willfully remain unrepentant is to “blaspheme” the Spirit. There is no pardon, either in this age or in the age to come, for a person who rejects the Spirit’s promptings to trust in Jesus Christ and then dies in unbelief. The love of God is evident: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And the choice is clear: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).”
So more than talking bad about God, the unforgiven sin is a continual tuning out and building a barrier between us and Him. Until eventually, we can no longer hear His voice or find Him.
So then, my question to you as believers is this:
When things get really tough in our faith (because they always do) and we begin to doubt, we build walls with God…we’re mad, hurt, and disappointed that He allowed this to happen to us…we don’t feel His presence…or perhaps He is silent…
How then do we find Him again in the midst of our pain?
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