Feb. 3, 2010
Mark 3:28-30 I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences. He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.” There are a couple points that need to be made from this short passage. 1) All sin and blasphemy (except one) can be forgiven. This is an amazing fact that is often overlooked as we run to the second part…the sin/blasphemy that can’t be forgiven. Just bear in mind, that all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven. This is a precious promise for the friends I’ve met at the penitentiary. It is a precious promise for me!
2) The point of the passage is to consider this sin with eternal consequences. We call it the unforgivable sin, yet I think even this thought must be balanced with point #1. If a person who has or is committing the unforgivable sin, truly wants to repent, don’t you think it possible for him/her to do so? I do. I recognize what Jesus said in this verse, but must keep in mind what is said elsewhere about people who truly repent being forgiven.
3) What is the essence of this unforgivable sin? Well, it seems to be attributing to Satan the things of God, as these blasphemers are here doing with Jesus. They are saying that he is an agent of Satan, or uses evil spirit power to cast out demons and heal broken bodies. They are saying that Jesus and his power come from an evil source not from God. Could the ‘unforgivable sin’ really be that simple? I find it hard to imagine that this is the one sin that completely disqualifies us from salvation: attributing the works of God to an improper source. Makes Jesus sound a bit petty in wanting all the credit.
4) I’m sure there is more going on here than I can understand. I’m sure I don’t know the depth of what the word “blasphemy” really means. I’m sure the Greek language and grammar probably indicate that this blasphemy was more a pattern or habit of life, instead of just a one time event, but we/I don’t get that on the surface of this reading.
All this leaves me with this prayer: Lord help me to honestly confess my sins, and acknowledge my failures and shortcomings. Help me live knowing that you alone are my salvation, and that salvation is a gift to me. I can find forgiveness no where else, and I must give all the praise, honor, credit and gratitude to you. Thank you for finding and saving me. Keep me from ever attributing what good you have done and are doing to any but its proper source…YOU. I love you