Mark 3. Forum Discussion

The unpardonable sin

Chapter 3 covers several important topics including:

  • Jesus healing the man with the withered hand and the reaction of the Pharisees.
  • The Pharisees begin conspiring about how to destroy Jesus.
  • Jesus appoints His twelve Apostles.

For today’s study, we will focus on verses 28-30:

“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin.” - Mathew 3:28-30

To put Jesus’ quote into context let us look at the surrounding scripture. Right after Jesus says, “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin,” Mark writes, “Because they were saying, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’” The spirit inside of us is a complex topic.

If the spirit within us is an unclean spirit, we are bad at our core and separated from Jesus and the promise of eternal life. If the spirit that guides us is the Holy Spirit, we walk with Jesus and receive the precious gift of His grace and forgiveness and the opportunity to spend eternity with Him and His Father in heaven.

We all have free will and can decide for ourselves who we will be at our core. If we want to be led by the Holy Spirit, we must be baptized into Christ, receive the Holy Spirit, and walk in newness of life. Consider the following scriptures:

  • “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Mark 16:16.
  • Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38.
  • “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4.

The choice is ours to make. We must decide whom we will follow:

  • “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:14-15.
  • “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” – Mathew 6:24.

If we turn our back on Jesus, He will turn His back on us. If we follow Him, He will welcome us with loving arms.

  • “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

So the question is, who will you follow?

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mark 4, four parables, and a miracle. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Virtual Bible Study

Does a person that commits blasphemy against the Holy Spirit have any chance of being saved?

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Michael
Virtual Bible Study

I would say no.

I think that's the point of this scripture. Once you have committed THAT sin, it is over for you. They key is to never let our hearts get that cold.

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Summer Janson
Michael

I would say yes! Time and time again we have seen miracles of God bringing people back from their lowest point and uplifting them to their highest. I think everyone is provided with chances to be guided on the right path..just my take on it.

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John
Summer Janson

It's nice to hear a positive take on it Summer. I'm not sure what I believe. It being called an "Eternal sin" by Jesus implies some type of punishment.

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Tommy

I wonder why the Pharisees hated Jesus so much? Was it jealousy, did they perceive them as a threat to their own high standing in the community?

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Nancy
Tommy

I think yes and that's not the whole story. The Pharisees had not been "in charge" of the Jews for very long.
The status with the Roman government was probably a weak position and they could have been ousted in a few hours or so if they made the wrong person mad. Consider the Herod family history/status. Generally the Pharisees had solid faith in Father God. They fully believed the messiah would come. They were "steeped in tradition" believing the messiah's first and maybe only role was to get them out from under the authority of any other nation and be an independent people. Maybe they had never truly studied the Old Testament beyond the books Moses is credited with. The prophets wrote 300 or so prophecies about Jesus. We might say they had God in a box. When he did not meet their expectation they could not accept Him as the real messiah. Also the general public at the last Passover week greeted Jesus with palm branches on His entrance and what 6 days later He had not met their expectations. They gave up and yelled crucify Him!

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