Some believe that the unforgivable sin is when you live your whole life without believing in Jesus for eternal life. The idea behind this view is that while God forgives all sin, He cannot forgive a person for refusing to believe in Jesus until they actually believe in Jesus for eternal life.
Some Bible scholars and teachers believe that the unforgivable sin is Israel’s national rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. If this theory is correct, then nobody is able to commit this sin except for the Jewish people living at the time of Jesus Christ. In other words, since we are not Jewish and we are not living at the time of Jesus, we cannot commit this sin.
One popular view about the unforgivable sin is that it is committed when we call something a work of the devil when it is really a work of the Holy Spirit. According to this view, the Holy Spirit is so offended of having His works confused with those of the devil, He will never allow such a person to be forgiven for this sin. But this is not the unforgivable sin.
One common view about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is that it is cursing the Holy Spirit. But speaking a curse and speaking a blasphemy are different. If you have made the mistake of cursing the Holy Spirit, or cursing at Him, do not be afraid that you have committed the unforgivable sin. You have not. Instead, go to God, confess your sin, and thank Him for the forgiveness you already have in Jesus Christ.
Have you ever heard people say that God does not and will not forgive those who commit adultery? They say this because those who live in a state of adultery cannot really confess or repent of it. Yet Scripture is clear that while adultery is a sin, it is forgivable, even for people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David who lived in a lifelong state of adultery. Adultery is not the unforgivable sin.
Some people believe that if you get divorced, you can never be forgiven by God. The logic of this view is primarily based upon Malachi 2:16, where God says He hates divorce. But other Scriptures indicate that divorce is forgivable. It also appears that God is a divorced person, and Moses might have been as well.
Most Christians have struggled at one time or another with fear about the unforgivable sin. I have struggled with this too. But over the years, I have come to an understanding of the love and forgiveness of God which is without limits. In this series of posts, I hope to share some of what I have learned with you, so that you too can find freedom from the fear of having committed the unforgivable sin.
Lots of people fear that they have committed the unforgivable sin. But if you fear this sin, you do not have to fear it any longer. Let me explain the various views on the unforgivable sin and provide a study on Matthew 12:31-32, which teaches about this sin. Then I will show you from Scripture and theology why you have not committed this unpardonable sin.
So if you are afraid you have committed the unforgivable sin, be afraid no longer!