What is The Unpardonable Sin

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Unpardonable Sin

A man is brought to Jesus in who was blind, unable to speak and possessed with a demon. Jesus immediately healed him and the people were astonished (v. 22-23). The Pharisees accused Him of doing this in the power of Beelzebul (another name for Satan) (v. 24). Jesus gave three arguments to answer them:

1. If He cast out a demon by Satan’s power Satan would be working against himself (v. 25-26).

2. The Jews had exorcists who claimed to cast out devils and if this was so, by whose power did they cast out demons (v. 27).

3. He was able to cast out demons because He had first defeated Satan (v. 28-30).

These next verses have been referred to as the unpardonable sin. The big question is - Can it be committed today, and if so how? First of all Jesus made it clear that all sins can be forgiven (v. 31). Then what is blasphemy? It has been defined as intentionally speaking evil against the Holy Spirit (v. 32). But even blasphemy Jesus says can be forgiven just as any other sin when it is confessed and repented of. Then what was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which was more serious? Warren Wiersbe explains it this way.  “When the leaders rejected John the Baptist, they were rejecting the Father who sent him. When they rejected Jesus, they were rejecting the Son but when they rejected the Holy Spirit that is the end.  There is no more witness.” This means that the “unpardonable sin” is the final rejection of Jesus.

You can tell what a tree is like by the fruit it produces (v. 33). Our words say what is in our hearts (v. 34). Good people produce good things and evil people produce evil things (v. 35). On the day of judgment we will have to give account for every careless word spoken (vv. 36-37).


Do you know anyone who has committed the “unpardonable sin"? Not if they are still alive because as long as a person is rational he can still be forgiven.

Matthew 12:22-37 (English Standard Version)

Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons." Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

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