bkmitchell — 2017-08-06T04:39:13-04:00 — #1
Did Jesus ever say that there was any sin that would not be forgiven?
“Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” Matthew 12:31
What the unforgivable sin is
Jesus had just healed “a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute.” Matthew 12:22
The Pharisees said that Jesus had expelled demons by the power of the prince of demons, Beelzebub. So their unforgivable sin is attributing Jesus’ miracle, which was performed in the power of the Holy Spirit, to Satan. The unforgivable sin is to call Jesus and his divine power satanic. People who do this would never go to Jesus for forgiveness, as they are saying he is of the devil. So their sins will never be forgiven by God.
Anyone who is genuinely concerned that he may have committed the unforgivable sin, has not done so. For such a person will ask God for his forgiveness. It is only the person who does not think that he or she ever needs God’s forgiveness, who may have committed this sin.
A QUOTE TO CHEW OVER
“There is only one person God cannot forgive. The person who refuses to come to him for forgiveness.” Anonymous
Water, Mark. Hard Questions about the Bible Made Easy. Alresford, Hampshire: John Hunt Publishers Ltd, 2000. Print. The Made Easy Series. (faithlife) Logos Bible Software (link)
dave_l — 2017-08-06T14:11:02-04:00 — #2
To borrow from John Owen;
Either Jesus paid for all of the sins of some people, including the sin of unbelief and refusing to come to him for forgiveness. Or he paid for only some of the sins of all people and they must do the rest and save themselves. Or he paid for all of the sins of all people, and all will be saved.
I believe he paid for all of the sins of some people.
justin_gatlin — 2017-08-06T17:56:18-04:00 — #3
Can you reconcile this with Matthew 12:31 a little more explicitly, for my benefit?
dave_l — 2017-08-06T18:28:44-04:00 — #4
I believe God keeps the elect from committing unforgivable sin, even before he regenerates them. The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:1 (MEV) In that Jesus saves us from our sins. I often thank the Lord for saving me from myself.