Since my father’s funeral, around a month ago, I have been under Satanic attack the likes of which I have not seen in my adult life.
It seems that some people in my family have not forgiven things I did over 40 years ago, when I was a teen.
Satan takes situations like this and points his bony finger at you and says “See, you are too evil for God to forgive”! Or he might say “You were a Christian when you did that, and now you cannot be forgiven!” Yes, these thoughts actually do come from Satan, and not from God!
I wrestled with this and even had a few sleepless nights. Nights spent in prayer, and worry. Self-recrimination.
I also spent a lot of time in the Word of God. This should be the first place we go to when Satan attacks, but it often is the last.
I read through John’s Epistles, and many other passages as well, and I came upon this passage in 1 John 5;
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
Funny how we often don’t compare Scripture with Scripture. My thought, when I first read this is, “How do I know if I have committed a sin unto death?”, the passage itself does not elaborate on what this sin could be. Then it came to me; Jesus spoke about the unforgiveable sin in Matthew 12. This has to be the same sin, since there is only one;
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 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.
Of course you need to read the context of the passage to understand what Jesus is talking about; There is a direct link between the event that had just transpired and Jesus’ statement here;
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
So, Jesus had been casting devils out of people, and the Pharisees had attributed this work of the Holy Spirit to be the work of Satan! They had witnessed a genuine miracle of God and thought within themselves, that this miracle was accomplished with the power of Satan! They didn’t even have to say this out loud, the Holy Spirit had understood their thoughts and declared that they had committed the unforgiveable sin!
For years I thought that we don’t really see any real, genuine, miracles of God every day, so this sin wouldn’t really apply today. I did realize that the rapture of the Church is a real genuine miracle that the world will soon see, and that those who attribute this event as the work of Alien Beings are essentially doing the same thing; The “alien” beings that people occasionally have encounters with are actually evil spirits, and certainly Satan is among them. So, on that day those who make this attribution will have committed the unforgiveable sin, and they will be lost for all eternity.
Then it hit me; We actually do see real genuine miracles of God every day on this planet! We do! Every time a sinner comes to Christ, and receives Him, and his work on the cross, a real genuine miracle has occurred in our midst!
When Jesus saved me it was a real genuine miracle of God! My Salvation was no less of a miracle than the day that Jesus cast that demon out of that man in Matthew 12:22!
So, in this light, how do people commit the unforgiveable sin today?
Its simple really; when a criminal gets saved in prison, and people say “He is just saying that so he can get out of prison early!” they have committed this same sin. Essentially they are saying that “this person is Satanically using a profession of faith for their own gain, but there is nothing but Satanic cynicism behind this profession”!
When every sinner comes to Christ there are inevitably those who say essentially the same thing! Our world is full of Pharisees today! They are not necessarily Jewish. They can be Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, etc. but by attributing the work of God to be the work of Satan, they have actually committed the unforgiveable sin!
How does this sin play-out in real life? How does the Holy Spirit condemn these people for all eternity? Does he break His promise that “All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”?
All He has to do is just to stop what He has been sent here to do, with that individual, and they will never call upon the name of the Lord! Here is what Jesus said is the purpose of the Holy Spirit;
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:7-14
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin. We cannot come to Jesus, in sorrow for our sins, unless the Holy Spirit shows us that we are sinners, in need of a Saviour! This role is essential for our Salvation! He convicts us of sin out of the absolute goodness of His heart! When He does this He is doing us the greatest favour a person has ever received!
When someone attributes the work of the Holy Spirit to be the work of Satan, He is insulted, and all He has to do to condemn these people is to stop communicating with them! He just lifts His hands off of them and they will end up going to their grave, thinking that they were right all along!
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Isaiah 6:9-10
John speaks of this same passage in John 16
37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
You see, God has not changed, and neither has mankind. There are many Pharisees among us, not only in Churches, but also in the secular world. Today there is a hard-hearted, unforgiving spirit that has taken over the world, which will not give a second chance to people who make even one mistake! These people can easily see the sins of others, but they cannot see their own sin!
To people like this, God is a destroyer of evil, but they neglect to look at themselves through the lens of Scripture, which shows us all to be evil!
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Romans 3:10
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18
People are not good! The best people in our society, are evil in God’s eyes! Only God is good!
Sometimes there are people in the bible who are called “good”, but you need to realize that this is a relative statement; some people are less-bad than others, so relatively we might say that they are “good” in comparison to others, but in absolute terms they are not good on their own. Any goodness they have is actually a gift from God!
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6:23
Salvation cannot be earned! It is a gift from God! God is so Holy that we cannot attain to that level of perfection on our own.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
The word in Isaiah which is translated as “filthy rags” actually means “menstrual rags”. What God is saying is that if you try to lay your works of righteousness before Him, as reason that He should let you into Heaven, it is like you were laying soiled feminine products at His feet! How disgusting! How revolting! How insulting to the King of Kings!
Don’t try it! You will be disappointed with the result!
This is why God sent us a Saviour! Because He knew we could not save ourselves! It is an impossibility!
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:6-9
Jesus is the only Saviour!
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:8-11
It is so simple that even a child can understand it! Jesus wants us all to be saved. Those who remain lost are those who, in their own pride, refuse to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit, that they are sinners before God!
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
Jesus is so good! Why would anyone even attempt to go to Heaven in their own righteousness? Even the attempt to earn Heaven is an affront to God! To think that God can be appeased with a few trinkets is so insulting to Him that it boggles the mind!
I hope you, my friends, have chosen Jesus Christ, and His Gospel. He is our only hope!
One last thing; if you worry that you might have committed the unforgiveable sin, you haven’t! Those who have, don’t ever worry about it!