Read: Mark 3:13-30
Many Christians fear they may have committed the unpardonable sin. Perhaps they have entertained a blasphemous thought against the Lord, or they have committed a shameful sexual sin. They are truly sorry and have confessed it to God, but they are doubtful with respect to one question, “Did I commit the unpardonable sin?”
D.L. Moody told the story of an aged minister who believed he had committed such a sin. After much inner confusion, he gave in to what he mistakenly thought to be God’s will – for him to be lost. Then something within him whispered. “Suppose there is a hell for you, what would you, with your character, do there?” The quick answer was, “I would set up a prayer meeting.” With those words came the light of God to show the illogicality of his fears. The very fact that he feared he had committed this sin, plus his deep concern, proved he had not.
What then is the unpardonable sin? In today’s Scripture portion, Jewish leaders were charging that Jesus performed miracles by the power of Satan. The unpardonable sin is, in fact, ascribing the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. We can commit the similar sin by hardening our hearts against the truth. But remember, the unpardonable sin is not just a single act. It is a continued rejection of God’s Spirit without repentance. If we are sincerely repentant, and we turn away from our sinful ways, we will be forgiven by God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our very concern proves we have not committed the unpardonable sin.