The Jewish leaders were looking for a leader. They were expecting a mighty leader who would sweep the Romans away. In true Old Testament style.
Jesus came with a message of peace and forgiveness, goodwill to all men. They just could not equate the Messiah with that.
The fact is Jesus achieved so much more because his word went round the world.
---chris on 1/3/12|
Good points Trey and Christan. After reading the context, the pharisees deliberately reject that which they knew to be of God (Christ) They could not deny the reality of what the Holy Spirit had done through Him, so they attributed to satan a work they knew was of God (v.24: Mark 3:22).
Those who know His claims are true and reject Him anyway, sin against the Holy Spirit because it is the Holy Spirit who testifies of Christ and makes His truth known to us (John 15:26: 16:14,15). No forgiveness was possible for these Pharisees who witnessed His miracles firsthand and knew the truth of His claims and still blasphemed the Holy Spirit because they had already rejected the fullest possible revelation.
---Mark_V. on 1/1/12|
Many of God's children fear that they have or may commit the unpardonable sin. If we read a little farther down Christ states:
"Mt12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
When we are born again of the Spirit of God, we cannot blaspheme against the Holy Ghost. We may say things with our lips and do things that are sinful but our heart cannot sin against the Holy Ghost.
1Jo3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Therefore, the child of God is eternally secure in Christ.
---trey on 12/31/11|
Christian, you quoted me correctly, but still misunderstood my point. So I'll leave it at that. God bless, and a happy new year to you!
---John.usa on 12/30/11|
John.usa, these were your very words, "Jesus said that blasphemy against the holy Spirit could not be forgiven in this age or the age to come, implying that other sins can be forgiven in the age to come."
And I am telling you that in Matthew 12:32, the heart of the message is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. We all know that Jesus died for the sins of His people but that does not include the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit which some do in this blog constantly.
Maybe you are not understanding the message of Matthew 12:32.
---christan on 12/29/11|
Christian, once again you did not read my comment carefully enough. I did not say blasphemy of the spirit could be forgiven in the age to come. I said that Jesus implied in that passage that other sins could be forgiven in the age to come.
---John.usa on 12/29/11|
John.usa, that's not what Matthew 12:32 declares. Read carefully,
"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 come.
"speaketh against" implies telling or teaching that the Holy Spirit is not God, that it's a "force" or any other description other than God, that's blaspheming. Also teaching that Scripture is not God breathe through the Holy Spirit and that there are errors, that's also blaspheming.
Jesus is not implying about sins but blaspheming the Holy Spirit, Jesus declares "it shall not be forgiven him".
---christan on 12/29/11|
Jesus said that blasphemy against the holy Spirit could not be forgiven in this age or the age to come, implying that other sins can be forgiven in the age to come.
---John.usa on 12/29/11|
I CORRECT SCRIPTURES AT MATT.12,31-32 THAT I PRINTED SHOULD READ."Who blasphemy against the HOLY GHOST"
---buster on 12/27/11|
To understand and believe that God is a forgiving God, you have to understand and believe that according to the Scriptures, God will only forgive those He has covenanted to His Son from eternity.
We have the Scripture completed and spoken to us, declaring that God Almighty will only save and forgive those whom He has loved from eternity. To preach otherwise would be speaking lies that can only come from Satan.
When God forgives the sinner, it is rooted in His love. Through His everlasting love, He demonstrates His mercy and will work His grace that the sinner will repent and believe in His Son Jesus Christ for salvation.
Truth be told, God does not forgive everyone.
---christan on 12/27/11|
The unpardonable sin is rejecting Jesus Christ. That is the only sin that will send those who reject to hell. When we accept Jesus Christ, all sin is forgiven. You can't do anything bad enought not to be forgiven. God bless
---shira4368 on 12/27/11|
duane....i totally agree.
Matthew, through your faith in Christ you receive forgiveness of all sin. You do not keep asking for forgiveness. The High priest before the cross would go in the Holy of Holies and sacrifice that would cover sins for a year. Do you mean to tell me that even though Jesus was the final sacrifice of sin that you need to ask for forgiveness multiple times.
Matther...please read the book of Hebrews.
---JIM on 12/27/11|
sin against the HOLY GOST is a sin that will not be forgiven in this world and that new world to come MATT 12:31-32 KJV BIBLE
---buster on 12/26/11|
re: Does Jesus Forgive Everything? Keeping in mind the unpardonable sin: homo-for-the-ghost, would Jesus forgive Santa?
---Eric_Tippett on 12/25/11|
If you repent from the heart, the blood of Jesus will wash away all sin. The key is, where is your heart? To love God is to obey his word.
---Oliver on 7/6/08|
Someone - We were all lost before we were found. Every human being is born in sin. Jesus Christ died on the Cross for sin, and when we put our faith in Him our sin is washed away and we become new creations in Christ. It is called being born-again. If you had really committed the sin of Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit then you would not be searching for the truth which is what you are doing here. Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 7/31/07|
As a child, hearing adults around me blasphemy, I imitated, not knowing it was wrong. The only reference I can find in the bible for this states that this is an unforgivable sin. Guess my fate is that I was lost before I was found. Its so depressing thinking of where I will end up for eternity..
---someone on 7/31/07|
Duane why did Jesus give us this line in the Lord's prayer.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass againt us?
Everything in the Lord's prayer is the most vital elements of prayer.
1) Reverance to God
2) Submission to his will and acknowldgement of his comiing Kingdom
3) Request for necesseties(food)
4) Forgiveness of sins
5) Protection from temptation
6) Deliverance from evil
Can't you see?
The Bible doesn't lie because it is God's word.
---Matthew on 3/14/07|
Forgiveness is a gift? So you believe no matter what you do or say, you are forgiven? What if you get mad at someone and you let that grudge build up. what do you do then? Do you think to yourself, oh that is okay because Jesus already forgave me. When you became born again, did you ask God to forgive you or did you just assume he would? You said earlier that you sin everyday, but yet you don't need forgiveness but you repent. You are a very confused man.
---Rebecca_D on 3/13/07|
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Duane: Your flesh sins, and it will until you get your gloryfied body. Pr28:13 He who covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsake them shall have mercy. You must not confess your sins, because according to you, you were already forgiven before you even asked. No comment on Acts 8:22, Lu 11:4. do you confess your sins to God? Like we are told to by Christ?
---Rebecca_D on 3/13/07|
..Christians asking for forgiveness of sin, that means:
WE ARE NOT, set free from sin
WE ARE NOT, dead to sin
WE ARE NOT forgiven
SIN HAS POWER OVER US
SIN HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY
WE ARE NOT JUSTIFIED
---duane on 3/13/07|
Forgiveness of sin is a gift, already paid for. Jesus took sin away...its finished. If your a christian, your forgiven. You dont get unforgiven everytime you sin.( Are christians under the power of sin?)
Sometimes I think alot of christians dont even know the basic truth of the Cross.
---duane on 3/13/07|
Although I believe that Jesus forgives all sins there is still something to think about.
He said "if you don't show mercy then you won't be shown mercy."
He also said "if you don't forgive men their sins, neither will my father in heaven forgive yours."
I wouldn't just blindly go about my life thinking that I have no part in having them all forgiven.
---john on 3/13/07|
Duane - Try 1John 1:9 "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
---Helen_5378 on 3/13/07|
Duane: "Asking Jesus to forgive us is not in the bible". How can Jesus forgive our sins if we don't ask? He won't. How did you get forgiveness of your sins, if you didn't ask to be forgiven? Acts 8:22, 1 Jn 1:9-10. I forgot, you don't ask for forgiveness, You just assume your forgiven. But yet you repent of your sins, what do you think repenting is?
---Rebecca_D on 3/13/07|
Jesus Christ went on the cross and forgave all our sins, He reedemed us for every sin past present and even from the future one. amazing but true. but every real sincere christian doesnt want to make sins because they love Jesus and sining people give satan an impact for their lives and satan always has advantage of it.
---Kasia on 3/13/07|
Asking Jesus to forgive us is not in the bible.
Maybe its because we ARE forgiven.
Lets not preach a false gospel.
---duane on 3/12/07|
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The answer is in the question. Jesus took all sin, past present and future upon the cross in His body 2000 years ago. He took the curse of the law. The curse was death.
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
---Larry on 3/12/07|
Would you reconsider your position based on:
1 Corinthians 3:16:"Know ye not that ye are
the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?" Seems that there is
more danger of blasphemy than what you are
---Nana on 3/12/07|
Asking Jesus to be forgiven...I cant seem to find the scripture.
---duane on 3/11/07|
Jesus was the physical embodiment of the Holy Spirit when he was here on earth. And since he is not here on Earth now, Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is impossible now. So the answer to your question is yes Jesus has paid for all sin even the breaking of the 10 Commandments. Which we are all guilty of of course, because only Jesus kept the 10 Commandments.
---Mima on 3/11/07|
Only sin that is confessed and abandoned and asked for forgiveness from of Jesus is forgiven.
---Eloy on 3/11/07|
That depends. God sees the heart. Just saying please forgive me won't cut it. I sometimes have to crawl. God is looking for true repentance. Not oops, sorry I got caught.
---catherine on 3/10/07|
Yes...if you ask! The only thing he doesn't forgive is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
---wes on 3/10/07|
We can't keep the commandments by our own efforts. When we believe in Jesus as our Saviour, we have his Spirit within us. We still have a sin nature. Through prayer, reading spripture, and yielding to the HS instead of yielding to the flesh (sin nature), we can resist temptation. We can confess sin to the Father in Jesus name and ask forgiveness. John 14:13,14, 16:23,24 1John 4:15, Jesus said to forgive those who sin against us if we want to be forgiven. Matthew 6:12,14,15, 18:21,22 Mark 11:25,26
---Creamcup on 7/14/06|
Since it was Jesus that said blasphemy of the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven I will still believe him over anyone else. I won't call him a liar. May God bless you.
---Shari on 7/14/06|
When you fall in love with Jesus, the 10 Commandments become 10 promises. I heard that from a very anointed man of God who teaches by the Spirit of God, so I understand many will judge this statement and not understand it by the Spirit of God. Ask the Lord to show you this truth, it's an awesome one to know.
---Donna9759 on 7/14/06|
Cheryl::We all sin & at some time or the other sin again.This a fact.The truth is however, to acknowledge our sin with deep contrition,we seek His mercy to be forgiven & a firm purpose of ammendment. So that we are back in HIS good grace.
---Emcee on 7/14/06|
When Christ died on the cross 2000 years ago, he died for all sin, for all time. Yes Shari there was one sin unforgiveable, but that was told to Israel. However, Saul (Paul) committed that sin with the stoning of Steven in Acts 7-9. Paul was saved by the Grace and Mercy of our Lord and Saviour, to bring the gospel to the gentiles.
---geraa7578 on 7/14/06|
We are no longer under the law, but grace. Jesus told us to do 2-things "Love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, & strength; to love our neighbor as we love ourselves" . By doing that we fulfill all of the commandments.(Mark 12:30-34)
---Rickey on 7/14/06|
Shari...God makes us a new creature with a new heart. When this transformation occurs we are no longer "Just human"
---Ryan on 7/13/06|
There's more to sin than the 10 commandments, but I thought that's why there WAS Jesus to start with--to forgive sins.
---Jack on 7/13/06|
We are all just human and make mistakes one time or another. The only sin Jesus will not forgive is blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.
---Shari on 7/13/06|
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Yes, he does. If he didn't I would be in great trouble...:) It is really hard to imagine and believe the unlimited God do unlimited things for you. But He does. All, you need to do is to honestly confess your sin and believe that Jesus paid for it on the cross. It includes the 10 commandment also.
---Dawn on 7/13/06|
Cheryl...No one can keep the 10 commandments. We as Christians have been set free from the law of sin and death. God does forgive everythhing and He makes you a new creature. He gives you a new heart and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You must choose to give your life over to Christ and than He is your master and He will not lead you to sin. I suggest you read the BE-attitudes, also known as the sermon on the mount Matthew 5.
---Ryan on 7/13/06|
cheryl, 1st John talks about the person who continually sins. If you continually are sinning and doing the same sins over and over again, then you aren't repenting which means to turn away from your sins. Sounds like you are asking because that's what you are doing. Jesus forgives breaking the 10 Commandments, but your heart will become hardened if you do not repent and turn from your sin. The wages of sin is death. The unpardonable sin is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus will NOT forgive.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06|
1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
---Bruce5656 on 7/13/06|
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#2 After being born again all sins have been provisionally forgiven. There is not one greater than another. Jesus is faithful and just to forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness. God is love and mercy and grace and longsuffering.
---Debbie on 7/13/06|
#1 If you really need to ask that question, you don't come close to understanding the grace and mercy, and love of God. Jesus died for every sin and there is no one sin that is greater than another after you have accepted Jesus as your Savior. There is only one sin that will send you to hell and that is total rejection of Jesus Christ. Any sin you might commit before being born again is trumped by rejecting Jesus.
---Debbie on 7/13/06|