The unpardonable sin
The unpardonable sin in simple English
(The unpardonable sin in a nutshell)
The unpardonable sin is a sin that is deep rooted in the heart. Jesus said that blasphemy comes from within a man's heart (Mark 7:21-23). Blasphemy is rooted in hatred, and therefore in order to have blasphemy in your heart against somebody, you must first hate them. So in order to have the ability to commit the unpardonable sin, you must first have a hard heart which hates the Holy Spirit. Once somebody commits this sin, that person cuts them self off from the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10), which is the person who leads them back to repentance (the ability to repent is something given to us by God - 2 Timothy 2:25, "...if perhaps God may grant them repentance..." NASB - there are many other verses to prove this as well, including John 6:44, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..." along side John 6:37, "...him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."). Therefore, the person who commits such a sin, would have no way of turning back; he would remain in his hardened heart, and would not have any remorse for what he has done. Therefore, being concerned about such a sin, is valid proof that one has not committed it!
Thats the unpardonable sin in a nutshell. The rest of this study simply digs deeper into this topic.
What the unpardonable sin is
The unpardonable sin is a sin that must be progressed into; it is not a sin that can be committed by just anybody at the snap of his or her finger. It starts with resisting the Holy Spirit, and turns into a rejection against Him; the result is a final rejection of the Holy Spirit in that person's life, resulting in blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Blasphemy is a sin which is a sin that meant from the heart (Mark 7:21-23), and is committed when a person(s) speaks evil against somebody, before other people; therefore it is dangerous (not necessarily unpardonable, but dangerous) to speak out to prevent the work of the Lord from being done, such as trying to shut down a ministry which God is moving in, convince people to walk away from Jesus, or prevent them from coming to Jesus.
It is a sin that is committed naturally, flows out freely, and comes from deep within the heart (1 Samuel 16:7, Mark 7:21-23, Luke 6:45); it is not simply some mistaken words spoken, but it is a sin that comes from a heart that is deeply rooted with evil and rejection against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:34, Mark 7:21-23, Luke 6:45).
The unpardonable sin is like a final rejection of the Holy Spirit, which results in blasphemy against Him, and it cuts the cord forever from being drawn to Jesus. When a person is in this kind of a mindset, they aren't concerned one bit about what they are doing and have a deep root of evil in their heart (Matthew 12:34). Once a person commits the unpardonable sin, it is impossible for them to change.
The reason you can cut off Jesus, and still change, is because the Holy Spirit can lead you back. It is the Holy Spirit who brings a person to Jesus; therefore, when you flat out reject the Holy Spirit, who is left to bring you back, and give you a heart of repentance and concern? If a person cannot realize that they need Jesus, they are hopeless.
How we can be sure we aren't guilty
What is spiritual blindness? Spiritual blindness is when a person cannot see spiritually; they cannot realize that they are lost and need Jesus. It is when they cannot recognize the truth. It is when they cannot see a reason to come to Jesus for their salvation. Having concern for your salvation, and believing that Jesus is Lord, is proof that you aren't spiritually blind; if you were hopeless, there would be no possible way for you to believe upon Jesus, or understand His Word (John 8:43-47).
The unpardonable sin would prevent you from being concerned about your salvation; you wouldn't see any reason to have Jesus in your life.
In other words, when the unpardonable sin is committed, it completely cuts that person off from the Holy Spirit; therefore it's not so much that the sin will not be forgiven, but that the sin cannot be forgiven; because without the Holy Spirit, a person cannot have a heart of repentance, and without a heart of repentance, it is impossible to be forgiven!
The Holy Spirit is the one that leads people to Jesus, and it is impossible for man to come to Jesus on his own (John 6:44). When the Father leads a person to Jesus, it is done by removing spiritual blinders from the eyes of that person; therefore giving them the ability to see the need for Jesus and realize that they need salvation (John 5:24). If God didn't see hope in you, you wouldn't be able to hear or understand His Word (John 8:47, Isaiah 6:10, Daniel 12:10), therefore you wouldn't recognize that you need salvation (Matthew 13:15). The only way you can be concerned about your salvation, and realize that Jesus is the way, is if God the Father gives you that understanding; you cannot obtain that realization on your own.
The only way you couldn't come to Jesus, is if you couldn't recognize that you needed Him (Matthew 13:15). God is the one who allows man to realize that he needs salvation; man cannot obtain this understanding on his own (John 6:44, John 8:43-47). ALL who understand that they need Jesus to obtain salvation can obtain salvation, because all who believe WILL be saved (John 3:16). There are two types of people, those who believe in Jesus and those who don't; those who believe in Jesus have eternal spiritual life, and those who don't are hopeless unless they change and believe (John 3:18).
If God doesn't want a person to come to Jesus, He won't allow them to realize that they need Him and therefore believe upon Him (Luke 8:12, John 6:64-65, John 12:40, Romans 9:18, Romans 11:8, Daniel 12:10). All who can recognize that they need Jesus, and will believe upon Him, will be saved (John 6:40, Revelation 3:20). If a person can realize that they need Jesus and will believe upon Him, there are NO sins that they cannot be forgiven of (Acts 13:39).
Simply resisting the Holy Spirit causes Him to draw back from a person, and flat out blasphemy from the heart would cause Him to completely leave that person alone. It is a very advanced state of spiritual rejection to the point to where you cannot come back to Jesus for repentance; it is the point of no return. There would be no conviction of sin after a person has done the unpardonable, because it is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin (John 16:8).
Therefore, worry or concern about your salvation is proof that you haven't done it, and the understanding that you need Jesus is proof that you are able to see spiritually. Are you deeply worried that you may have committed the unpardonable sin? Stop worrying! The very fact that you are concerned about your salvation is proof that you haven't done the unpardonable sin! If you aren't spiritually blind, you definitely have hope, now all you need to do is believe in Jesus (John 6:40, John 6:47). If you believe upon Jesus, then there is NO condemnation awaiting you (Romans 8:1, John 3:18). Salvation is available to ALL who can believe (Romans 1:16). Jesus promised not to cast out anybody who comes to Him (John 6:37), therefore if you come to Him, He will NOT cast you out!
You cannot commit the unpardonable sin, then turn around and come to Jesus; it is IMPOSSIBLE (John 6:37, 44).
The path to salvation is basically summed up in two steps, first you must realize that you are lost and need Jesus (which you cannot do unless God allows you to - John 6:44), and then you must believe upon Jesus as your Lord and savior (anybody who can believe, can be saved - John 6:37). If a person refuses to believe in Jesus and cannot see any reason to obtain salvation, then what hope is left?
A few things that prove a person has hope:
- They can understand that they need Jesus.
(Luke 10:21-22, John 6:40, John 6:44, John 8:43-47)
- They are able to hear God's Word.
(John 5:24, John 8:43-47, Psalms 10:17, Revelation 3:20)
- They desire Jesus in their life.
(Matthew 5:6, John 7:37, Psalms 10:4, Matthew 7:7)
- They are willing to call on the name of the Lord.
- They are able to admit they are wrong.
(John 3:20-21, 1 John 1:9)
- They are able to see and believe in Jesus.
(John 3:18, John 6:37, John 6:65, Luke 8:12, John 12:39-40)
- They love God and the brethren.
(1 Corinthians 8:3, 1 John 3:14)
- They can confess Jesus before others.
(Matthew 10:32, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 1 John 4:15)
- They are able to receive Jesus.
(John 1:12, Luke 7:23)
The bottom line is, the unpardonable sin is like a final rejection of the Holy Spirit, which results in blasphemy against Him, and it cuts the cord forever from being drawn to Jesus. Therefore if you are concerned about your salvation and desire Jesus in your life, then you have not committed it.
To put it into a nutshell
(a) Blasphemy comes from within a man. Blasphemy is rooted in hatred, therefore somebody who has blasphemy in their heart, is very hateful against that person (in this case, the Holy Spirit) to whom they are on the edge of blaspheming.
(b) The person who is in a position to do the unpardonable sin is very hard hearted against the Holy Spirit. In order to be brought to repentance, that person must be drastically turned around and brought back to repentance.
(c) Repentance is a gift. It is the Holy Spirit who brings us to repentance. The unpardonable sin would cut a person off from the Holy Spirit. Once a person has cut them self off from the Holy Spirit, there is nobody left to bring them back to repentance.
(c) Therefore, the person who has committed such a sin would remain in their hardened state of heart, and have no remorse or desire to repent of such a sin.
Can a person turn to Jesus and be rejected? No! John 6:37, "...him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
Can a person repent of this sin? No! If we confess our sins, God will forgive us of ALL unrighteousness! 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
If you still can't seem to break free
Then it's most likely a spiritual bondage you are under and will require deliverance to be set free. I have more information on the basic steps to deliverance in my sermon Deliverance in a Nutshell.
Testimony of related spirits being cast out:
Last night we prayed over a young woman who was battling an oppressive spirit that was trying to cause her to doubt her salvation, fears of the unpardonable sin, etc. I began to confront the spirits and they manifested.... she was bent over sobbing and coughing as the spirits were cast out!
Today she said that she feels much better... the spirit that was tormenting her is gone!
New Additional Reading
As of March 30, 2006, a new 101 Practical Guide has been published on how to minister freedom from fears of the unpardonable sin:
- Fears of the unpardonable sin
(How to minister freedom)