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Is there a sin that God won't forgive? There is...but it might not be what you think.

Key Points:

  • The “unforgivable sin” is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. But what does that mean?
  • This is not a sin a person can accidentally commit by saying or thinking the wrong thing one time.
  • In Mark 3, Jesus is speaking against the religious leaders of Israel. These men knew the scriptures and had seen Jesus’s miracles, so they had every reason to believe he was the promised messiah. Instead, they said he was demon-possessed.
  • The Jewish leaders blasphemed the Holy Spirit but their true sin was unbelief. Their unbelief manifested as blasphemy against God’s Holy Spirit.
  • The unforgivable sin is rejecting Jesus Christ as God’s messiah and your savior. When we know who Jesus is yet refuse to call him our lord, we are blaspheming the Holy Spirit who empowered his ministry and proving that we do not possess saving faith in Christ.

Quote This:

Mark 3:29 …But anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.

See Also: Forgiveness, Repentance, Sin

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever heard about the “unforgivable” or “unpardonable” sin? What are some ideas you’ve heard people say about it?
  3. Read Mark 3:20-30. How does the full context of this story help us understand the meaning of Jesus’s statement in Mark 3:29?
  4. The Jewish leaders knew the Bible yet rejected Jesus. Have you ever known someone who knows the Bible but lives a godless life? Describe that person.
  5. “If you reject Jesus in this life, you can’t find him in the next.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
  6. How can a person avoid committing the unforgivable sin?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.