What Is The Unpardonable Sin?
Do you believe that your past is so sinful that you can’t be forgiven and accepted by God? If your answer is yes to that question, then you may want to read on.
The bible gives many examples that may give you some comfort that there is hope for your salvation. Although, as we’ll explain later, there is one unpardonable sin described in the bible.
There are many examples in the bible of people committing horrific and abominable sins and then repenting, asking for forgiveness and being forgiven by God. Here are just three examples, but there are many more in the bible:
King David. This is the same David in the very popular David and Goliath story where he slew the giant with a sling (see 1 Samuel chapter 17). That same David, later when he was king, had one of his trusted generals murdered on purpose to cover up the fact that he had slept with that general’s wife and had made her pregnant (see 2 Samuel, chapters 11 and 12). King David committed murder and adultery and was later forgiven by God and is expected to be in heaven (see 1 Kings 11:34).
Moses. He was a prophet of God and led the Jewish nation out of captivity in Egypt. But, he also committed murder and was in exile for over 40 years of his life, but God called him to service and forgave him of his sins. According to the bible, Moses was taken to heaven. See Acts 7:23-29 and Matthew 17:1-3.
Saul/Paul. Saul held the coats of those that stoned Steven (a Christian) to death. Saul was responsible for persecuting Christians before he was converted, became a Christian himself, and changed his name to Paul. As Paul the Apostle, he took the good news about Jesus to the gentiles (non-Jews) and ended up writing many of the books in the New Testament. See Acts 8:1-3, and all of Acts 9.
So, what is the unpardonable sin in the bible?
Matthew 12:31 says, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.”
The unpardonable sin is not any single act or a history of sinful acts, it is the act of denying the leadings of the Holy Spirit until your heart is so hardened that you ignore the Holy Spirit.
If you are worried about having committed the unpardonable sin, then it is more than likely that you have not! If you are worried, then you probably still feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit which means you have not yet hardened your heart against God.
Watch this short video taken from the Doug Batchelor YouTube channel. He is the pastor of the Amazing Facts Ministry.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God is bigger than your sins and has unlimited love, grace, and patience and doesn’t want to see anyone lost. If you genuinely repent, feel remorse for what you have done, and ask God to forgive you, then you can be assured that your sins have been wiped clean.
Don’t let the devil win by holding you back with your sins, come to Jesus as you are and you will see a change in your life. For some the changes are slower than for others, but the positive changes will come if you keep your faith in Jesus and make Him the focus of your life.
Repent! Ask for forgiveness of your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior. Go to our Salvation page to learn how to actually accept Christ with a simple prayer. Click here.
Here is another video (about an hour) that goes into greater detail about the unpardonable sin. It is a sermon by Pastor Doug Batchelor and is part 1 of 2 videos. This was linked from the 11:11 Ministries YouTube channel.
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