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Summary: Is it possible to commit a sin that is unforgivable? If it is possible what exactly would that sin be?

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The Unpardonable Sin

Mark 3:20-30

July 26, 2009

I. Introduction:

A. The passage before us today contains one of the most ominous warnings recorded in scripture.

B. Jesus’ ministry had grown to enormous proportions vs.20.

1. It was so large that his relatives came because they were concerned about Him.

a) They like many others thought He was a little too fanatic in His work vs.21.

b) It seems He didn’t even have the support of His own family.

2. Some other people also came to see and hear Him vs.22.

a) The Pharisees who had been dogging Him sent for reinforcements from Jerusalem.

b) Remember they are on a mission to destroy Him and are looking for any excuse to have Him stoned.

C. These men have no answers for the things that are taking place and the effect it is having on the people and it is driving them nuts.

1. His teaching was far superior to theirs.

2. They tried to accuse Him of breaking the Sabbath.

3. Now the people are beginning to ask if this might be the Messiah Matt.12:22-23.

4. In their frustration they resort to slander by accusing Him of being in cahoots with the Devil.

5. This act by the Pharisees brought about the solemn warning of the unpardonable sin.

D. As I was preparing this message I came across a web site which encourages people to blaspheme the Holy Spirit and thereby commit the unpardonable sin.

1. It purports to demonstrate that the concept of a righteous just God who will punish people for their sin is a myth created by man and those who sign on with them are asserting their agreement with it.

2. This just goes to show you that you can find just about anything on the internet but is also brings up some questions which our passage today addresses.

a) Is it possible to commit a sin that is unforgivable?

b) If it is possible what exactly would that sin be?

c) Is it possible for us to commit that sin today or was it something that could only happen during Jesus’ earthly ministry?

3. The answers to those questions are best understood by examining them in the context of today’s passage.

4. I want to look at 3 aspects of this passage.

a) The accusation

b) The answer

c) The admonition

II. The unpardonable sin.

A. The accusation vs.22.

1. Lacking any other explanation for the things that Jesus is doing and not wanting to admit that He is who He says He is these men resort to an accusation they hope will incite the people.

a) One of the prominent aspects of the Lord’s ministry was casting out demons.

b) It was not something hidden it was obvious that amazing things were happening.

c) One commentator put it this way; “Observe the contrast between the thoughts of the multitude and of those who professed to be their teachers, the scribes and Pharisees. The multitude, free from prejudice, and using only their natural light of reason, candidly owned the greatness of Christ’s miracles as wrought by a Divine power; whereas the Pharisees, filled with envy and malice, attributed these mighty works which he wrought by the finger of God, to the direct agency of Satan.”


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