Session 8: The Unpardonable Sin (and How To Be Pardoned from It)
This presentation starts the next section of the series where we’ll be looking at how we can connect to God.
1. Unpardonable / unforgivable sins?
- The incredible stories and testimonies of Brryan Jackson and Corrie Ten Boom have shown us that as human beings, we can indeed have a large capacity to forgive if we have our focus on Jesus and what He’s done for us at the Cross.
- The Bible however does speak of the “unpardonable sin”.
- Many may think of murder as an unpardonable sin, but that’s certainly not the case as far as God was concerned. Moses was a murderer, and yet God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 6:13), and even gave him the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)!
- Similarly, Saul was a persecutor of Christian men and women, and yet Jesus got a hold of him and transformed his life. Saul became Paul, one of the most influential and prolific authors of the Bible, having written 13 epistles that have been included in the New Testament.
- Jacob was a liar and a deceiver who betrayed the trust of his father and his brother (Genesis 27) for position and wealth; not too dissimilar from the father of lies, the devil himself (John 8:44), and yet God promised to be with him wherever he went (Genesis 28:15).
- Mary Magdalene was caught in adultery and should’ve been stoned, but Jesus instead respected her like no one else ever did, accepting her and even forgiving her sins (John 8:10-11)!
- Peter of course denied Jesus three times, even though he boldly proclaimed he never would, but Jesus in the end entrusted His flock to Peter to take care of (John 21:15-17)
2. THE Unpardonable sin
- The unpardonable sin is defined in Matthew 12:31-32 as the sin against the Holy Spirit
- To know what this is, we have to see who the Holy Spirit is according to the Bible.
- The Holy Spirit is clearly not just a “spirit”, but has a distinctive personality who was present at Creation (Genesis 1:2,26) as well as at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:16-17). The Great Commission includes the prerogative to go baptise in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit’s role and function can be summarized as follows:
- o Is our Helper / Comforter (John 14:16)
- o Abides with us forever (John 14:16)
- o Is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17)
- o Dwells with and in us (John 14:17)
- o Teaches us all things (John 14:26)
- o Brings to remembrance the words of Jesus (John 14:26)
- o Testifies of Jesus (John 15:26)
- o Helps us in our weaknesses (Romans 8:26)
- o Intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27)
- o Convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8)
- o Helps us live a fruitful life (Galatians 2:22-23)
- o Brings us into God’s presence (Psalm 51:11)
- In other words, when we sin against the Holy Spirit, we’re effectively sinning against God in the sense of tuning Him out. Since the Holy Spirit connects us to God, tuning Him out means that we no longer want to be connected to Him. And when we no longer want to be connected to Him, there is no desire to ask for forgiveness. In that sense, it’s “unpardonable” because there is no desire to be pardoned.
3. Being pardoned of the unpardonable sin
- The solution to be pardoned from the unpardonable sin is easy – merely spend time connecting with God! The fact that one thinks he/she has connected the unpardonable sin, simply means he/she hasn’t.
- There is still a desire to want to connect to God, and because of that, God will forgive anyone and re-connect with them.
- The most important thing of course is to make sure we actually take the time to hear God’s voice and to connect to Him.
- With all the distractions and the storms of life that come our way, it’s easy to tune God out.
- To reconnect, we need to make time, quiet time (as much as possible), to spend with Him so we can be tuned in to what He wants to say to us.