Understanding The Bible
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
NOTE ON "THE UNPARDONABLE SIN" (vv.31-32)
"Whosoever speaketh … blasphemy … against the Holy Spirit … it shall not be forgiven him … “ This is called "The Unpardonable Sin. " It is not merely a rejection of Christ, or continued rejection of Him. There is not a line of Scripture to indicate that, in this Church Age, if a persistent rejecter of Christ should repent. God would not save him. Hence, persistent rejection of Jesus Christ is not an unpardonable sin if that sin should become an unpardoned sin due to a rejecter dying in that state, and there remaining no further opportunity of salvation (Heb. 9:27). God was willing, but the rejecter wasn't.
This scene here is something very different. First, it is not sin against Christ, but against the Holy Spirit. Second, it is a deliberate perversion of known truth into a lie. (In this case, the mighty works of Christ were known to have done by the power of the Holy Spirit. But they affirmed that Satan did them.) This is not mere unbelief but vicious apostasy with its corresponding judgment of judicial blinding from God (2 Thes. 2:11-12; Mt. 13:11-16). This judgment was of such great severity, for the greatest light was available. God manifest in the flesh was present on earth among them.
This sin was committed by these blaspheming religious leaders who later persuaded the people to demand Christ's crucifixion (27:20; Lk. 23:23). Our Lord says that neither in that age (not "world")--the age of Law in which the sin was committed--nor "in the age to come" (i.e., in the future ages, tills Church Age or any to come), could this sin be forgiven these blasphemers as individuals. They were eternally doomed.
As result of the tragic decision of Israel's leaders, the nation followed their counsel and crucified their Messiah, resulting in the nation being set aside through disobedience. But the blindness is only "in part, "not upon all Jews (Rom. 11:25). Hence, those individuals who had not committed "The Unpardonable Sin" were then and later eligible to repent and repudiate the sin of the nation's officials, and believe the claims of Christ for their own salvation (11:28-30; 13:16; Acts 2:36-40; 3:17-26; 4:4).
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