2010-12-30 / Worship

The sin against the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 3:22-30)

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN

The Bible speaks about one sin that is unpardonable: denying or rejecting (blaspheming) the Holy Spirit of God. Read Mark 3:22-30. Why is this sin unpardonable?

When Jesus emerged from the Jord an River after submitting to baptism by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit of God descended upon Him in the form of a dove. It was at that moment, when God announced, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11), that we first recognized God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as a united, triune God. From that day forward, Jesus’ earthly body was empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of his heavenly Father among men on earth.

The Pharisees and scribes claimed that Jesus performed his miracles by the power of the devil. But we know the truth, that those who carry out God’s work in this world are able to do so only because they have been given the power of the Holy Spirit. If a person rejects the gift of the Holy Spirit, he rejects his salvation, thus committing the unpardonable sin.

Jesus came into the world by the power of the Holy Spirit and we must come to Jesus via that same Power. Jesus is the Savior of mankind, but mankind can only be introduced to Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Mankind is led to Jesus by the gospel message when it is delivered by the Holy Spirit working through the church. We are then held in the family of God as brothers and sisters of Jesus by the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

If mankind rejects Christ’s gospel message of salvation when it is presented to him by the power of the Holy Spirit, he commits the unpardonable sin. There is no other path to salvation.

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