Mark 3. Forum Discussion

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, let’s focus on verses 28-30 and ask ourselves two questions:

  • “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

QUESTION #1: What do YOU think that “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit Means?”

QUESTION #2: Why do YOU think that this sin is singled out as an eternal sin that never will be forgiven?

To put Jesus’ quote into context let’s 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?

Comments

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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