Mark 3:22–30 (ESV)
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can
Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but
is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 “Truly, I say to you, all
sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
As a pastor, I hear a lot of people who do not know, or have a wrong understanding of what is the “unforgivable sin.” I hear people say suicide, sexual sins, murder, and many others. The fact is...
all these sins are forgivable if you repent and believe. Repent means to confess and be truly sorry that you have committed these sins. It also means to stop this sin, to turn away from... to change directions (180 degrees). If you are sorry,
but you are not going to change, then these are not forgiven. Jesus took all our sins to the cross. There is only one sin that is unforgivable and that is the blashphemy/denial of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts
and converts a person into a Christian. If you blaspheme the Holy Spirit, you are cut off from being able to repent and believe in God. It’s like blowing the bridge after you cross it, you can’t go back. Jesus uses today to teach
that there is an unforgivable sin and it is mentioned elsewhere in the Bible as well.
I pray: O Lord, I have never denied the Holy Spirit, but I sure have committed many sins. Every time I sin, I turn
my back on you and your ways and choose to do it my way. I repent of my sins and want to do better. Forgive me and guide me according to your ways. Amen.