Thursday September 8, 2005
The Unpardonable Sin
Imagine living an empty existence, full of dread at the prospect of meeting Jesus face to face. Sadly, that describes certain Christians. An "unpardonable" sin haunts their faith, preventing them from enjoying the freedom Christ offers. But the one sin Jesus said would not be forgiven — the deliberate rejection of God's power despite overwhelming evidence — could be committed only by people of His day.
The Pharisees who were eyewitnesses to Jesus' miracles stand accused of committing the one truly unpardonable sin. Jealous and angry at Christ's growing popularity among the Jewish people, the religious leaders dismissed His divine healings and exorcisms as the work of Beelzebub, or Satan. Jesus in turn refuted their faulty logic by explaining (1) Satan wouldn't hinder his own work by freeing a demon-possessed man, (2) the Pharisees also practiced exorcism, and (3) a demon could be driven out only by a power greater than its own. The religious leaders knew Jesus' arguments were true but still refused to accept Him as Messiah.
By ascribing the work of the Holy Spirit to the Devil, the Pharisees willfully denied God's power despite irrefutable evidence. True faith and repentance meant nothing to these men compared to their priority of preserving their own reputation as leaders.
Tomorrow we will learn why the unpardonable sin cannot be committed in our present day. For now, be assured that every sin — no matter how seemingly terrible or unforgivable — is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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