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Q:

What is the unpardonable sin? I am afraid I may have committed it.


A:

Many Christians have heard that there is an unpardonable sin and live in dread that something grave they have done before or after conversion might be that sin.

Their fears are unfounded. While there is an unforgivable sin, it is not one that a true believer in Jesus Christ can commit.

The one sin which God cannot forgive is mentioned in Mark 3:28-30 and Matthew 12:31-32. Jesus had been performing miracles, including driving demons out of people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of recognizing the source of Jesus’ power and accepting Him as God’s Son, the religious leaders accused Him of being possessed by the devil and driving demons out in the power of the devil.

Jesus responded by saying, “I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

The sin of the religious leaders, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, was a refusal to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit to who Jesus was and what He had come to do, and then submit their lives to Him. Jesus said concerning the Holy Spirit, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). They chose rather to reject the Spirit’s witness to their sin and to Jesus, and accused Him of being demon possessed!

The point for us is that if we have received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit; we have accepted His witness. One study Bible explains it as follows: “To commit this sin one must consciously, persistently, deliberately, and maliciously reject the testimony of the Spirit to the deity and saving power of the Lord Jesus.” If a person keeps doing that until death, there is no hope of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven.

Once again, the unpardonable sin is not some particularly grievous sin committed by a Christian before or after accepting Christ, nor is it thinking or saying something terrible about the Holy Spirit. Rather, it is deliberately resisting the Holy Spirit’s witness and invitation to turn to Jesus until death ends all opportunity.

In order to experience God’s peace, we must come to Him, trusting His promises. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” In 1 John 1:9 we read: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus Himself assures us, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). Our God is a compassionate and merciful God. He desires that no one should be lost, but that all should come to salvation through repentance and personal faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord (2 Peter 3:9; Acts 2:21).

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196 Comments

  1. Nick says:

    Thank you. I was truly worried I may have committed this sin but now I once again have joy.

  2. William Loudermilk says:

    Thank you.

  3. Brandon King says:

    You brought light to the Word of God and opened the door to understanding.

  4. Timothy Tracy says:

    I am truly sorry for my sins and blasphemies I have done against God before and after I was saved. When I read about the unpardonable sin I believed I was doomed, I felt hopeless. I am ashamed to say what I said against God in anger after I was saved many years ago. It is my own fault for not taking the time to study God’s Word, to better understand His Word and meaning, and to tell others of His saving grace. Yes I do believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior… I am grateful that I am not lost! Praise God!

    1. Patricia says:

      Timothy, I too thought this as well. I was terrified I was doomed and no amount of repentance or love for God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus could save me. Be careful to what we read on the internet. There are many sites that work for the enemy. I trust Billy Graham. I am so grateful to him for his ministry. God is truly Great and so very merciful. I love Jesus, He who gave the ultimate gift to humanity.

  5. life Thompson says:

    Thanks for this article. I am truly grateful.

  6. Pat says:

    Thank you for your enlightened answer about sinning against the Holy Spirit. I was worried about it.

  7. Robert says:

    All I want is to serve God Almighty the rest of the days of my life and I need the Holy Spirit. I am a sinner saved by grace. Thank you God!

  8. Violet says:

    Thank you for this! I have had terrible panic attacks over the idea that I might be separated from God forever if I thought or said something bad about the Holy Spirit. Once it was so bad I meant to cry out to God, but I got overcome with a wave of fear that I accidentally said my thoughts out loud and I was mortified. But praise God! I am not too far gone.

  9. Mark says:

    I have hope. 🙂

  10. Daniel says:

    Thanks for elaborating in depth the Bible truth. Am so much blessed and hope to share with others this treasure.