Q.

I would like to know about the unpardonable sin.

A.
The unpardonable sin occurred when Jesus Christ was living on earth (Matt. 12:14–37). Israel’s religious leaders were about to put their country on a road to destruction because of their unbelief in Christ. They had been saying that the works of God were really the works of Satan. This claim was blasphemy, and God would have to deal with them for it. Once judgment fell, the nation would have no easy way back. And that is exactly what happened in AD 70 with the fall of Jerusalem (see Matthew 23, especially verses 36–39).

The phrase “unpardonable sin” does not appear in the Bible. People have coined it due to the incident mentioned above. Some people have the idea that a person can commit the unpardonable sin today. But this belief is not true. The “unpardonable sin” was a unique rejection by those religious leaders of Jesus and His work in His presence. The only sense in which people can commit the unpardonable sin today is if they reject the Holy Spirit throughout their lifetime. After these people die, it is too late for them to seek pardon for sin.

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Reprinted from the Baptist Bulletin (October 1997).
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