3 Resources On The Unforgivable Sin

3 Resources On The Unforgivable Sin

This past Sunday I preached on the part of the Gospel According to Matthew where Jesus rebukes the Pharisees over the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit—a.k.a. the unforgivable sin.

Sermon: The Unforgivable Sin by Jeff Medders

I thought it’d be good to also provide some additional resources on this passage. So, here’s a video from Dr. Tom Schreiner, a New Testament scholar, from Southern Seminary, and Dr. Jonathan Pennington, a Gospels scholar, also from Southern Seminary, and an article from David Mathis at Desiring God.

What Is the Unforgivable Sin? — TGC

Dr. Pennington: “In short, I suggest it’s a specific, active, and final choice to declare the person and work of Jesus as being demonic in origin. The specificity of this charge is clearest in the most detailed version of the event we have, retold by Matthew (12:22-37). There it’s clear that, after a contracted series of interactions with Jesus, the Pharisees have made a final, declarative decision that Jesus is not from God and must be killed (12:14 is the turning point of Matthew’s narrative on this score). As a result, they have no choice but to openly interpret Jesus’ good works of healing and teaching as Satanic in origin. Jesus, in a showing of his incredible wisdom, reveals the terrible inconsistency of their logic (12:25-29). Instead, he argues, these godly works come from God’s Spirit. Therefore, to call the Spirit’s work through Jesus demonic is the greatest, unforgivable sin (12:31-32).”

David Mathis on the Unforgivable Sin — Desiring God

“For Christians today, we need not fear a specific moment of sin, but a kind of hardness of heart that would see Jesus as true and yet walk away — with a kind of hardness of heart incapable of repenting. Again, it’s not that forgiveness isn’t granted, but that it’s not sought. The heart has become so recalcitrant, and at such odds with God’s Spirit, that it’s become incapable of true repentance.”

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