Bible Study Lesson — Matthew 12:15-37
What is the unpardonable sin? In this reading and Bible study lesson from Matthew we see large crowds beginning to follow Jesus after they learned of His miracles and great healing power.
This is where He explains the meaning of the unpardonable sin and how to avoid it.
This lesson covers one of the most asked questions about being a Christian. Exactly what is the unpardonable sin? Christ explains it to us here.
Jesus Explains the Unpardonable Sin
“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
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.
Words Reveal Character
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. – Matthew 12:31-37
Yes, there were more than just the 12 disciples although the twelve were His “inner circle” and confidants.
Some truly wanted to follow Jesus and repent, some were just “part of the crowd” out of curiosity. And some, like the Pharisees wanted to try and trap Him as they had attempted and failed to do many times before.
What is the Unpardonable Sin?
There are so many lessons here for us to use and, a good pastor (which I am not) could most likely bring out several sermons from these verses.
The one intriguing message which stood out for me, and is on my heart to share, are verses 30-32 where Jesus explains the unpardonable sin.
Pick a Team
Christ makes it crystal clear about choosing sides in the battle of good and evil. He states the futuristic view that all sin will be forgiven when He dies on the cross and rises again. — All but one!
There is a spiritual battle going on in the world today and we cannot remain neutral. Following Christ is not a spectator sport where we can sit back and watch what happens.
We are going one of two ways ..
1. We actively follow Jesus and work for him
2. We try to remain neutral therefore choosing to reject him.
If we choose the second answer, we choose to be completely separated from God and are condemned. I know these words seem harsh but, believe me, I didn’t say them — Christ did.
Which Sin Again?
Doing some research, I found what WikipediaTM has to say about the unpardonable sin. It states ..
“The Eternal Sin, or unpardonable sin, is a concept in Christian theology of a sin which cannot or will not be forgiven, whereby salvation becomes impossible.
Its origin comes from a statement by Jesus in the context of his opponents’ claim that his miraculous healings were a work of Beelzebub, a demon in league with the Devil.
It might have been a warning to his opposition that deliberately refusing to distinguish between good and evil makes repentance impossible, thus blocks out forgiveness, challenging them to rethink their attitude to the new age dawning lest they freeze themselves out….”
[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0718091469″ locale=”US” src=”https://makingchristknown.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/51pFC8ppQZL.SL160.jpg” tag=”bobpardphot-20″ width=”110″]In plain language, the unpardonable sin is that of rejecting God. For this, there is no forgiveness.
In closing, the world is full of battles and wars. This one gets swept under the rug by the politicians and the news media but the fact remains that we either choose God or Satan.
With myself included, who’s team are we on?
Love In Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to look at John 3:16 to find more information.