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Righteousness and the Unforgiveable Sin

copyright © Andrew Shreeve 2004


Most people in the world are uncertain concerning their eternal future. Even many Christians are unsure whether they will spend eternity with Jesus or go to hell. Many are all too aware of their shortcomings, failures, and sins. Some think, maybe my sin is so bad that God will not forgive me and I will go to hell? What if I sin and die before repenting? These and many other questions create uncertainty as to whether God truly accepts me now, and will He accept me into heaven?


All these questions stem back to a lack of knowledge concerning the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We have to ask the questions, what sin is greater than the blood of Jesus? What sin is unforgivable? Is it murder, adultery, divorce, suicide, abortion, fornication, homosexuality?


As a Christian I struggled for many years with these questions. However, the bible is very clear concerning the issue of our eternal destiny. It is also important that we establish certainty concerning our eternal relationship with God. Doubt and fear must be eliminated as God has called us to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). What then is the unforgivable sin? The unforgivable sin is related to evil speaking against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32)


When he is come (the Holy Spirit), he will reprove the world of sin… of sin, because they believe not on me

John 16:8-9


Jesus said that the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict, or convince, the world of the sin of not believing on Jesus. This is the central work of the Holy Spirit in the area of sin because this is the sin that will take a person to hell (John 3:18). God loves the people of the world so much he is working at convincing them to believe on Jesus so they can be saved (John 3:16).


But what about the Christian who sins? Often the church is merciful to the children of the devil who sin but show no mercy to the children of God who sin. The bible teaches that every Christian sins (1 John 1:8) and there is a sin unto death and a sin not unto death (1 John 5:16). What is the sin unto death, the unforgivable sin that a Christian can commit? Two passages in Hebrews give us an insight (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-30).


Hebrews 6 gives a qualification for the Christian who can loose his salvation. Firstly he is born again, baptised with the Holy Spirit, praying in unknown tongues, knows the meat of God’s Word, and flows in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. This is not a new, immature Christian. Notice this person falls away, apostatizes, and renounces their former loyalty (Strong’s dict.). They put the Son of God to an open shame. This person has decided to not believe in Jesus Christ any more. This rejection of Christ is a rejection of the Holy Spirit who helped him believe in Christ.


The second passage in Hebrews 10 talks about a wilful sin (v.26). In one sense all sin is wilful. What then is this ‘wilful sin?’ Verse 29 gives us insight trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the spirit if grace. Trodden under foot means; ‘to reject with disdain’ (Strong’s dict.). To despise, scorn, have contempt for the Son of God. Isn’t that a rejection of Jesus Christ? This person has considered or judged the blood of the covenant (Jesus’ blood) as unholy, unclean or common. This does despite, or is insulting, to the Holy Spirit.


The unforgivable sin is similar to the sin which takes an unbeliever to hell. It is a mature Christian judging Jesus’ blood as common. It is rejection of Jesus as the Son of God. If a mature Christian takes this position there is no more opportunity for repentance. The Holy Spirit will leave that Christian and they are eternally damned with no further opportunity for repentance.


The good news is that no matter how many times you fail, fall down, and sin, God will never reject you as long as you keep-believing in Jesus’ blood. Your righteousness is a gift of God (Romans 5:17) and is not connected to your works. Righteousness comes through faith and not works (Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:2-3).

If you are a struggling Christian know that your righteousness is from God and not yourself (Isaiah 54:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21). God is for you and not against you. When you sin Jesus is your advocate (1 John 2:1). God has made an eternal covenant between the Father and Jesus. You entered into the benefits of that covenant through faith in Jesus Christ. The covenant provides forgiveness for all your sins as long as you continue to believe in the blood of that covenant (Hebrews 10:14). You are secure in Christ. God will not reject you (1 John 5:13, Isaiah 54:10).


Draw near to God, today, with full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22)! God has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).


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