The Unforgiveable Sin – Mark 3:29-30

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin—for they were saying, He has an unclean spirit.” The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying that Jesus was possessed by the devil because He cast out demons and healed people. Jesus responded by asking how Satan can cast out Satan because a kingdom divided against itself cancels out its own power or authority. He concludes with a strong warning directed toward the scribes who were accusing Him. Jesus warned them not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit because it is a sin that is eternally unforgiveable (because the Holy Spirit is the agent of God’s power). It seems that it is easy to attribute acts that are outside of our own realm of understanding or experience to Satan. It is almost as if we believe the devil does miraculous things and the Holy Spirit cannot or will not. If a supernatural or miraculous act advances the Kingdom of God, then common sense tells us, as Jesus points out in Mark 3:24, that it is surely not Satan tearing down his own kingdom by building up God’s Kingdom.

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