Casey Lewis from Christianity Matters tackled one those huge questions back on Tuesday of this week. This is one of those questions that when left unanswered, leaves people feeling guilty and filled with shame. I love how Casey answered this question, and I thought it would be a nice addition to Friday Q&A here at Another Red Letter Day.
I hope you will interact with Casey, and check out his blog. He is a good writer and has a heart for the Lord that will bless you.
What is the unforgivable sin? Who can commit it? How do I know if I have committed it? These questions run through our mind when we hear someone tell us there is a sin that will not be forgiven.
What is the unforgivable sin? In order to answer the question let me start with what it is not.
What the Unforgivable Sin is Not
In Matthew 12:31-32 Jesus says,
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.
It is not sin in general or speaking against Jesus – Jesus tells us sin or rebellion against God will be forgiven. Even speaking against Jesus will be forgiven.
It is not Suicide – Some claim if you commit suicide, you can’t be forgiven because you can’t ask for forgiveness. But that is a misunderstanding of the gospel. We are not forgiven because we ask for forgiveness every time we sin. No, we are forgiven based on Christ’s work, not ours. We are forgiven because we turn from our sin to God (repentance). We are forgiven because we believe Christ took the punishment we deserve on the cross (substitution). Read more
What is the Unforgivable Sin? | Christianity Matters.
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