The Unpardonable Sin

Posted in: 2013
By Tom M. Ballinger
Aug 14, 2013 - 11:24:38 AM

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August 11, 2013
            The “Unpardonable Sin” cannot be committed in the parenthetic dispensation of the Mystery. The Mystery is the title, given by Paul, for the present Dispensation of Grace. The question of the “Unpardonable Sin” has plagued many. Many unsaved people believe they have committed this sin (whatever they may think it is) and, consequently,  do not think they can be saved. Of course, Satan, as the “god of this world,” has hid the gospel from them and blinded their minds, “lest the light of the GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST …should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4: 3-4). The unsaved are absolutely mistaken; they CAN BE SAVED (Rom. 10:9-10). Those who presently speak in “tongues” (i.e., jibberish) believe that they have received the Pentecostal Gift of the Holy Ghost. They, also, believe that we who speak against such error have committed the “Unpardonable Sin” of “blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.” But, they are 100% dead wrong, erring, “not knowing the Scripture” (Matt. 22:29).
            Let’s disregard what we have been taught and not pay any attention to the expositors; BUT, let’s see “What saith the Scriptures?” concerning the “Unpardonable Sin.”
            The text concerning the “Unpardonable Sin” is found in Matthew 12. The witness of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of Heaven/God was reaching a climax in Matthew Chapter 12. Everything the Lord Jesus Christ was doing was according to the Word and Will of God. In Matthew 11:20, we read that He began “to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they REPENTED NOT.” It is evident the mighty works were rejected. These mighty deeds were confirmation of the fact that the Father was speaking “unto (Israel) BY HIS SON” (Heb. 1:2). The mighty works (i.e., the signs—wonders—miracles), if rejected by Israel, would, also, mean the Good News of the “at-hand-Pre-Millennial Kingdom” was of no avail, and the cry to “REPENT” was, mostly, going unheeded.
            In Matthew 12, Verse 6, Jesus was seen as greater than the “Temple,” greater than the “prophet Jonah” (Verse 41), and greater than “Solomon” (Verse 42).  In all three capacities, He was, by all accounts, not well received. The ten tribes of Israel who returned from Babylonian captivity were “cured” from external idolatry. But, Israel was possessed by a spirit more evil than that of their idolatrous fathers:
            “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places,        seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from            whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and       garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked             than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is   worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation”
            (Matt. 12:43-45).
            For, in rejecting their Messiah, they reached the culminating point of their iniquity. Matthew 13 relates a series of parables which speak of “the mysteries” (secrets) of the Kingdom of heaven/God.
            In the midst of the Lord Jesus showing His credentials as the rightful heir to Israel’s Throne, the “Unpardonable Sin” was, or was nearly committed by the Pharisees. Note the verses which lead up to the mention of this “sin.”        
            Matthew 12:22— “one possessed of a devil” was brought to Jesus and “He healed him.” The demon possessed one was “blind and dumb,” and he was healed insomuch that he both “spake and saw.”
            Matthew 12:23—The man on the street was able to spot Jesus as the rightful King, for they said, “Is not this the son of David?” The common man recognized the confirming signs and wonders of Messiah. BUT, the Pharisees refused to accept the healing here; for in—
            Matthew 12:24—the Pharisees heard about the healing of the “blind and dumb” man. They said the healing done by “this fellow” was the result of Him being empowered by “Beelzebub the prince of devils.”
            Matthew 12:25-30—The Lord Jesus replied to the “thoughts” of the Pharisees  (V. 25) by giving a doctrinal lesson that should be learned from the healing of the possessed one. He made reference to a “Kingdom,” a “City,” a “house” being divided against itself, and one being so divided shall not stand.
            The Lord Jesus went on to say, “If I by Beelzebub cast out devils,” and your children (i.e., the children of Israel) cast them out as they claim, by what power and authority do they do it? Jesus inferred if His authority is by the devil, as they claim, then the children of Israel that claim to do the same thing must have their authority from God. The Lord Jesus then observed, “therefore they (the children) will be your (the Pharisees’) judges” (Vs. 27). Then, Jesus said, “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto to you” (Vs. 28).. Then, He explains forthrightly;
            “Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house” (Matt. 12:29).
            The interpretation is self-evident: the “strong man” is Satan; the “strong man’s house” is the Nation [House] of Israel (Matt. 12:42-45); and his “goods” are the people he controls—members of the House of Israel.” (Matt. 12:22). The Lord Jesus Christ will do the “spoiling” of Satan’s “goods” (Matt. 12:29).
            The event Christ was talking about will take place at the consummation of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God (Matt. 24:26-29. Rev. 11:15).
            However, prior to the spoiling at the end of the Tribulation era, mentioned in Matthew 12 and Revelation 11,  there will be a mighty bloodless spoiling at Christ’s Appearing (2 Tim. 4:1). The Lord Jesus Christ will “spoil” [NT:1283 - to seize asunder, i.e. plunder] Satan’s domination of the world’s population with the “drawing of all men” to Himself. This will result in “the prince of this world is cast out” (John 12: 31-32). Satan loses his domination of the world. With Satan’s loss, the Lord Jesus Christ becomes the “blessed Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).
            Today, there are segments of Christendom who teach that the “Kingdom” can be brought in with Satan (the Strong Man) still loose and dominating the world, while the God-Man, who will do the spoiling, is administering Grace and Grace alone! This idea doesn’t make sense. The Pre-Millennial Kingdom becomes a reality, ONLY, when Satan is dethroned. At that time, the world will be illuminated—knowing Who Jesus Christ really is and who Satan really is. The “Prince [Satan] of this world” will be CAST OUT.
             “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [perceive] it   together [and at the same time]: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it”
            (Isaiah. 40:5).
            A sin with no forgiveness shows up in Scripture within the context of signs, wonders, and miracles being wrought by Christ. These were His Credentials to being the Son of Man, the Rightful Heir to the dominion over the Creation that Adam lost. That is to say, the Son of Man will take to Himself world-wide Dominion—thus, ruling over His Own Creation. This is the implied background to “The Unpardonable Sin.” This sin of no-forgiveness cannot be properly understood apart from its contexts.
            “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven        unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto       men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven    him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him,     neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Matt. 12:31-32).
            This sin of Blasphemy was committed by the majority of the Pharisees and their acolytes during the earthly days of Jesus Christ. It was not forgiven them. In plainer words, they did not receive forgiveness THEN, nor will they receive forgiveness at a later time or dispensation..
             Neither will anyone during the Pre-Millennial Day of Christ be forgiven for committing this horrendous sin. This sin will be possible during the Day of Christ since Satan will be alive and well, but simply displaced from his high position of authority. Peter alerted his believers to this fact; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”   (1 Pet.5:8).
            The mention of this “sin” occurred in relation to Him demonstrating His Authorization as the Son of Man—to wit, to be the King of kings, and Lord of lords. The mighty working of signs, wonders, and miracles confirmed Jesus of Nazareth was being empowered by “the Holy Ghost.” Whereas, the Pharisees led the charge against Him, saying His power to perform the miraculous was the work of Beelzebub (Satan): NOT THE HOLY GHOST (V. 31).
            To speak against the Holy Ghost SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN—hence, THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. This title is the name men have ascribed to this particular act of blasphemy.
            To speak against the “Holy Ghost, it shall NOT BE FORGIVEN him” (Matt. 12:32), must be understood in the Scriptural setting, to wit, the Lord Jesus was, ( 1 ) on the earth, ( 2 ) executing miracles, and ( 3 ) making Himself manifest to Israel as their Messiah. These miracles took place during the “At-Hand-Phase” when;  “ … Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers” (Rom. 15:8).
            We learn by comparing Scripture with Scripture that additional light is shed on the so-called “Unpardonable Sin” in Mark 3:29-30, which is a parallel passage with the one in Matthew 12:
            “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but                is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He [Christ] hath an    unclean spirit” Mark 3:29-30).
            This should be very clear, regardless of what the Bible Commentaries or Bible Expositors say—the unpardonable sin is to say that Jesus Christ HAD AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT.
            The average person, today in the Age of Grace, is not tempted to state this because Jesus Christ is not on the earth performing miracles. Plus, the Lord Jesus is not ministering to the Nation of Israel—He is ministering nothing BUT GRACE TO THE WORLD. Nor, is He the King enthroned in the heavens actively ruling over the nations. He is secretly filling the Office as the Head over all things to the Church over which He is the HEAD. He is operating secretly, preparing us [members of His Body] for the offices we will hold when His Universal Government is called into session. What a Day of Rejoicing that will be!
            The “Unpardonable Sin” is NOT REJECTING Jesus Christ as your Savior. The sin in question is not left unanswered. We do not have to imagine what it was, or is. We don’t have to invent a hypothesis as to what it was, or will be. The unambiguous statement from the Word of God is that the Unpardonable Sin was to blaspheme against the Holy Ghost. The blasphemy was accrediting the work of the Holy Ghost as that of an Unclean Spirit, that is to say, that Jesus Christ “hath an unclean spirit.”
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