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Up the ante | Matthew 12:30-32

30 The one who is not with Me is against Me; and the one who does not gather with Me scatters.

31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 12:30-32 (NASB)

Co-laborers with Christ

Who is on the Lord’s side?” is a popular old hymn. It asks who will be helpers in the harvest. Jesus here is pointing out that we need to make a decision and be active in that decision. What are we to be actively doing? Joining with Jesus in the harvest, gathering souls. Earlier Jesus told His followers to ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth workers (Matthew 9:36-38). That is you and me.

Up the ante

Not only does Jesus reprimand the Pharisees using simple logic for attributing His works to the devil, He now teaches they are committing the “unforgivable sin”. It’s more than coincidental that He gives this teaching at this point. All kinds of sin (even speaking against Jesus) shall be forgiven – except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. And this sin will remain forever.

Unpardonable sin

Do we need more clarification on the unpardonable sin? “The unforgivable sin is blasphemy (“defiant irreverence”) of the Holy Spirit in the context of the Spirit’s work in the world through Christ. In other words, the particular case of blasphemy seen in Matthew 12 and Mark 3 is unique. The guilty party, a group of Pharisees, had witnessed irrefutable evidence that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet they claimed that He was possessed by the prince of demons, Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:30).” (gotquestions.org)

Can we commit this sin today, with Jesus gone? Not in the same way, since He is not physically here. But, a decision to reject the saving work the Holy Spirit does through confession and repentance is indeed fatal – eternally. At any point, anyone can confess, repent and believe in Christ and be forgiven, and saved. If not, they indeed choose not to be forgiven. They cannot and will not be forgiven.

RЯeflection

  • How are you engaged in the harvest of souls? Not everyone has the same gifts in the body but each is called to use their gifts for the work of the Kingdom – which is mostly seeing souls saved. Are you the evangelist proclaiming the truth to non-believers? Maybe you’re the preacher bringing forth God’s Word. Maybe a teacher of the Bible making its truths clear to those who don’t know. Surely we should all be living a life of good works that glorify the Father (Matthew 5:16). Surely we should all be calling on God to save the lost!
  • If you are reading this post, you likely have not committed the unforgivable sin since you are seeking to know Him. Remember to confess and repent when the Spirit reveals sin. Don’t wait.
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