The Unpardonable Sin

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 12:22-37

Our neighbor in Michigan kept horses behind an electric fence. One day our young son inadvertently touched that fence and received a mild shock. In tears he ran home, convinced that he was about to die!

Some of us may feel that we have “touched” the unpardonable sin and are facing eternal death. But the fact that we are concerned confirms our inno- cence. For the sin is not caring what God may feel and attributing His works to the power of Satan.

These Pharisees sneered, “It is only by . . . the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” But Christ’s forgiveness is boundless. He assures us, “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven.” The religious training of these Pharisees should have prepared them to recognize and receive the Messiah. But their addiction to power and tradition had made them stubbornly blind.

They had condemned the Son of man. Christ Himself declares this as pardonable. But He is the Son of God, conceived by the Spirit. They had mocked that Spirit and Christ warns, “whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not [ever] be forgiven,” because he remains stubbornly disobedient. So surrendering to Christ and His saving work is vital. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

PRAYER

Blessed Holy Spirit, open the eyes of those of us who are spiritually blind so that they may see Christ. Amen.