The Unforgivable Sin

If Jesus paid the price for all sins, how is there a sin that He didn’t pay for? How is there a sin that won’t be forgiven? Is this a contradiction?

We are introduced to the “unforgivable sin” by Jesus when He says, “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31). What is meant by blasphemy against the Spirit?

To blaspheme the Spirit is really to reject God’s Spirit because it is by His Spirit that we are saved. The Bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). When we are saved, we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but once we are saved, the Spirit of God lives in us (Romans 8:9). Before this can happen, we must accept it . . . not reject it.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  God does not send people to Hell . . . because people send themselves to Hell; this is done from an ongoing refusal to be saved through faith, to be saved by God’s Spirit. This is a sin because you are denying the Spirit of God; you are denying the free gift of salvation, thus consigning yourself to Hell.

God can’t pay for a sin that you won’t allow Him to pay for; this would imply universal salvation, and everyone would go to Heaven whether they wanted to or not. Likewise, God can’t forgive you if you are unwilling to be forgiven. The same idea applies in the real world.  If I offer to pay for your dinner, you first have to let me. Otherwise, I didn’t pay for it. The same could be said for the “unforgivable sin”: this is the one sin that won’t be paid for.

In order to be forgiven, you have to want to be forgiven, so it’s a two-way street. Forgiveness restores the relationship. Sure you can forgive others that aren’t asking for it, but the relationship will not be restored. So, complete forgiveness requires action from both parties: the party that wants forgiveness and the party that is willing to forgive.

The “unforgivable sin” is not a sin that you commit and later seek forgiveness for; all of those types of sins can be forgiven. The “unforgivable sin”, however, is a lifelong refusal to be saved by God’s Spirit.