QUESTION: What is the Unpardonable Sin?
Matthew 12:22-32 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil,
blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said,
Is not this the son of David?
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said,
This fellow doth not cast out devils,
but by Beelzebub
the prince of the devils.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But
if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God,
then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
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.
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil,
blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
NOTE: The man healed is not only blind and dumb but he is demon-possessed. The apostolic signs from Christ, as Israel’s signs from Moses, (for the Jews require a sign) include casting out devils, as well as physical healing:
I Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
NOTE: The answer to the question, «Is not this the son of David?,» is «yes» and is found in the following verses:
Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them. Saying,
What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?
They say unto him, The son of David.
He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying. The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
To show that Jesus is God but; as the Son of Man is limited to the physical boundaries of a man.
Revelation 12:7-12 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Luke 11:14-23 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
Mark 3:22-30 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said,
He hath Beelzebub,
and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables. how can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost
hath never forgiveness,
but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Because they said,
HE HATH AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT.
NOTE: There are those who teach that some sins can be forgiven after a person dies because the passage says; «It shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.» They teach «the world to come» must mean a «future state or state of being», which, of course, is a heresy. «The world to come» in both the old and new testaments is a reference to the ‘Kingdom of Heaven» or the actual Reign of Christ on this very earth. The statement has nothing to do with someone having their sins forgiven them after they are dead.
Matthew 12:32b … but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
NOTE: If it is speaking against the Holy Ghost then IT IS NOT:
Abusers Of Themselves With Mankind,
Having statues in church services,
Rejecting Jesus Christ for the biggest part of one’s life,
Saying that the «so called» Pentecostal movement IS NOT BASED ON SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINE!
ALL MATTER OF SIN AND BLASPHEMY WILL BE FORGIVEN!
NOTE: Since the time of Christ, many people have thought «a work to be of the Lord when it was of the Devil» or «a work to be of the Devil when it was of the Lord;» this is a common failure among many born-again members of the Body of Christ. Such failings never consigned anyone to Hell.
Some teach that the «Unpardonable Sin» represents the final rejection of the Holy Spirit «in His convicting work», which is also a departure from the truth. Many have rejected this work «without speaking anything», and when they do speak they do not speak against the Holy Ghost. There have been those who have spoken against Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost and have gotten saved later.
The following passage is proof that telling God to: «get away» and «leave me alone» and «quit dealing with me,» is not the unpardonable sin.
Job 7-16-19 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? and that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?
NOTE: In the following verse, the Holy Spirit Himself defines the unpardonable sin.
Mark 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
NOTE: The Messiah has come and He has identified Himself as the Son of David. He has proven Himself to have come from God with signs and wonders (for the Jews require a sign). He has been rejected and said to have an unclean spirit. With all the evidence, they rejected their only Messiah and called Him a devil.
ANSWER: The unpardonable sin is: Saying that Jesus Christ has an unclean spirit!
Evidence of anyone having committed the unpardonable sin in this day and age is slim to none.