THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
By Joel Finck
From time to time we are asked, "Do you think it is possible to commit the unpardonable sin today?" We are always happy to answer, "No, not in this dispensation of race!" There was a time when it was possible to fall into such sin that it was impossible to return to the Lord.
Under the Law, God distinguished between sins of "ignorance" and "presumptuous" sin. (See Numbers 15:29, \30.) For the sin of ignorance, the Lord prescribed an appropriate sacrifice. "And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the
LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him" (Numbers 15:27, 28). For the presumptuous (literally meaning "open handed") sin, God prescribed no sacrifice but rather commands, "Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him" (Numbers 15:31).
It is this same kind of open rebellion that the Lord refers to in Matthew 12:31 & 32: "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to corne." The nation ofIsrael committed this kind of "open handed" sin when they were privileged to personally witness the divine miracles and instruction of Christ, but rejected Him anyway. To these, the offer of forgiveness and a kingdom were withdrawn. But praise God, under grace, no sin is beyond forgiveness; as Paul states in Romans 5:20, "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." No matter what manner of sin you have committed, trust Christ today, and He will save you!
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