Throwback Thursday: What is the Unforgivable Sin?
What is the Unforgivable Sin? This issue is raised in Matthew 12:31-32:
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
First, every other sin and blasphemy will be forgiven. Did you see that? Every other sin. No matter what you’ve done to others, or yourself, you can receive forgiveness on one condition: if you confess and turn from your sin and surrender to Christ and Christ alone, you can receive forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If you confess you sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Let’s address the first one: what is sin? Sin is any violation or transgression of the law of God. Romans 3:23 sums it up nicely: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So, any shortcoming of God’s glory is sin. …read more