Today's verses are Mark 3:29,30. From Jesus: "...but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, ut is guilty of an eternal sin"--for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit." Trying to deal with Jesus' burgeoning popularity and trying to explain away his miracles, the scribes said Jesus was in league with Satan. This accusation against Jesus is the unforgivable, eternal sin. Yesterday, I emphasized that ALL sins can be forgiven through the substitutionary atonement of Jesus. This is true, except for one sin. Jesus himself said there is one sin beyond God's forgiveness. What is it?
If a person persistently attributes to Satan what can only be accomplished by the power of God, that is unforgivable. Put another way: If someone makes a willful choice that the Spirit's testimony about Jesus is evil, not true, from the devil, such a person can never have forgiveness through the Cross of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is constantly trying to woo people to the Cross. If someone persistently rejects the wooing work of the Holy Spirit and his message about Jesus and the Cross, that person cannot be forgiven. With each rejection, that person's heart becomes increasingly harder and harder against God, against the work of the Holy Spirit, against the provision of Jesus and the Cross and is outside the reach of salvation.
There are fish in the caves of Mammoth, Kentucky. Their optic nerves are in perfect operating order. Yet if you place them in the light outside the caves they can't see a thing. They have been living in darkness for so long they can't see the light.
People who continue to resist the Holy Spirit's lives may be seeming to operate naturally. But spiritually, they have been living in darkness for so long, repeatedly resisting the Spirit's promptings about their sin and their need for a Savior, they cannot see the light. They've committed the sin unto death, the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. Repeatedly, to resist the Cross of Christ is the one, unforgivable sin!
Some people worry they've committed the sin of the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. Here is some wonderful news: if you're worried you've committed this sin, you haven't! If you're concerned about the Spirit's promptings in your heart, obviously the Spirit is working on your heart, trying to convict you of your sin and drive you to the forgiving love of Jesus.
One final thought: be very careful if you start calling what is evil good and good evil. Beware if you are calling sin of God and what is of God sin. It's a telltale sign you may be on the road of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
Hate what God hates. Love what God loves. You'll never, ever then have to worry about blaspheming the Holy Spirit.