Just what is “The unforgivable sin”?

Perhaps far more of us are committing this unpardonable sin than anyone would have imagined.  I may not be the first to have some revelation on this question but all of a sudden about a week ago it was like the skies opened and it seemed all too clear as to what would be the most blasphemous thing one could do.

I’ll start with one of the more scandalous parables in scripture – the parable of the unforgiving servant.  Like most parables it starts out with “the kingdom of heaven is like THIS”.  I often wonder if we don’t take very seriously this line in parables.  But in this parable when the once forgiven man goes out and doesn’t forgive his fellow-man he is UNFORGIVEN the entire debt (of sin) he owed.  And unless you think this parable is actually about dollars and cents we have to be honest and recognize it is about forgiving sin and offenses.

I hope we can all agree the most costly, significant and sacrificial event in history was Jesus laying down His life for our sins on the cross of Calvary in which payment for all sin was made.  And I suggest the most blasphemous, horrible, offensive and unforgivable thing anybody could ever do would be to withhold that costly forgiveness from others.  Yes, I believe the unforgivable sin is unforgiveness itself because of the insult it shows to Jesus’ sacrificial work on the cross – basically you are mocking and spitting in the face of Jesus.  Unforgiveness is what caused the forgiveness granted to the servant in the parable to be canceled.  Please consider carefully the fact that the King (God) does what can only be described as rescinding the offer of canceled debt (sin) once the servant refused to “pay it forward” by forgiving others.

So in conclusion, unless the offense you hold is worth an eternity in hell (because that is where one goes whose sins are not covered by the blood of Jesus) it would seem prudent to be conduits of God’s love and forgiveness to all others least we condemn ourselves in the process.

Matthew 6:15 – But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will NOT forgive your failures.

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