Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark chapter 3 verses 28 through 30
Mark 3: 28 – 30
The Sin That Will Not Be Pardoned
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Now, as you know there were two other documents in circulation and they were the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. As you know, Matthew was an apostle who was with our Lord Jesus Christ for over three years and was an eye witness to all that our Lord said and did. Luke, on the other hand was a friend and fellow traveler with the apostle Paul. He later came back to Israel and interviewed the eye witnesses to this event.
So, to get a full picture let us take a quick look at both Gospels and see if there is any other information that would bless us.
Matthew 12:31, “31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
Luke 12:10, “10 “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
Today we are going to look at the ‘Unpardonable Sin’. There is a sin that will not be pardoned by our Holy El Shaddai – God Almighty.
I want to let you know up front that I am shocked. I sit here now with my thoughts just spinning. Here is my reason why this feeling overwhelms me.
A subject that I believe you and I have dealt with, that is if you are a believer, is what sin would prevent our Holy Master from ‘pardoning’? Have we ever committed this sin? Is there a possibility of us ever committing this sin now that we have prayed the sinner’s prayer? This is a big concern.
My other thoughts focus on why hasn’t our Precious Holy God dealt more with this issue. I mean, look what Matthew and Luke wrote on this subject – one verse. How come?
So, I think a good place to begin with is what does the word pardon mean?
1. To release (a person) from punishment; exempt from penalty: a convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor.
2. To let (an offense) pass without punishment.
3. To make courteous allowance for; excuse: Pardon me, I'm in a hurry. See Synonyms at ‘forgive’.
1. The act of pardoning.
a. Exemption of a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or crime by the power of the executor of the laws.
b. An official document or warrant declaring such an exemption.
3. Allowance or forgiveness for an offense or a discourtesy: begged the host's pardon for leaving early
The ‘Good News’ of our Adoni Yeshua’s shedding of His blood and death on the cross means that we are ‘forgiven’ of all our sins. Now that is good news. So, how do we deal with the scary thing of ‘blaspheming’ The Holy Spirit, as we read from all the Gospels?
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”
We read in the book of Deuteronomy 6:3-5, “3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD Is One![ 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Many people, especially Jewish men and women say, now wait a minute. Jehovah Elyon – The Lord Most High – Is One.
How come you Christians then proclaim this ‘Holy Trinity?’
Well, I am not the greatest biblical teacher and have great knowledge in the Hebrew and Greek languages, but even a dummy like me, has been allowed to understand the ‘Tri-unity’ of our Holy God.
When you look at the verse ‘The Lord our God Is One, another way to read it is, ‘Our God [Elohim] Is El. In other words our Great Supreme Ruler Is plural. He Is One God but Is also Three Divine Holy Ones – Our Heavenly Father, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our Precious Holy Spirit. They are equal yet the same in essence and being. They are One.
I know, I know, our feeble minds have a hard time putting it all in harmony with our thoughts.