February 10, 2019

The Unforgivable Sin, part 2

Passage: Luke 11:14-26

The Bible tells us that a great spiritual battle is raging around us, and we cannot be indifferent. We must choose a side to support. And the side we pick will determine our eternal destiny. Luke 11:14f describes this great struggle and exhorts us to consider which side we are on.

Last time, we looked at the first part of this passage and considered the initial action (Jesus cast out a demon) and the resulting accusation (Jesus was acting under the power of Satan). The other Gospel writers include in this context a discussion about the unpardonable sin. Jesus said blasphemy against the Holy Spirit—specifically, attributing Jesus’ power to Satan—would never be forgiven and would result in eternal condemnation.

Those who believe in Jesus never have to worry about committing the unforgivable sin. The Bible assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. All their sins are forgiven.

Unbelief in Christ is the unforgivable sin--persistent, stubborn, unrepentant unbelief. Those who persist in unbelief and never repent of it never have forgiveness but are subject to eternal condemnation.

Let’s go on now in Luke to see how Jesus answers the accusation that he cast out the demon by the power of Satan.

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