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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 4, Chapter 11

The Unpardonable Sin
And Eternal Security

Page 1 of Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Study Questions

WHAT IS THE UNPARDONABLE SIN?

When we talk about the unpardonable sin, we are not talking about unbelievers, we are talking about a sin believers can commit. Can a believer who is once saved lose his salvation in Christ? Yes he can. If this is true, how does one identify what is the unpardonable sin and what is not? There are three clear categories that Scripture talks about concerning the unpardonable sin: 1) Willful ongoing sins of immorality, 2) Rejection of the will and plan Jesus has for oneís life and 3) Whatever Jesus specifies to the individual would result in this sin.

*Willful Ongoing Sins of Immorality

The writers of the New Testament speak very plainly that whether saved or not, that willful habitual ongoing unrepented practice of sins of immorality will make it impossible for a person to enter the kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul wrote:

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators131, nor idolaters134, nor adulterers130, nor effeminate157, nor homosexuals158, Nor thieves159, nor the covetous160, nor drunkards161, nor revilers162, nor swindlers163, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)

"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery130, fornication131, lewdness132, licentiousness133, idolatry134, sorcery135, enmities136, strife137, jealousy138, outbursts of anger139, disputes140, dissensions141, heresies142, envying143, murders144, drunkenness145, carousing146, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:19-21)

"For this you know with certainty, that no fornicator164 or impure165 person or covetous166 man, who is an idolater134, has an inheritance167 in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive168 you with empty169 words170, for because of these things the wrath171 of God comes upon the sons of disobedience172." (Eph 5:5-6)

The writer of Hebrews tells us,

"For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned." (Heb 6:4-7)

"For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries." (Heb 10:26-27)

The Apostle Peter writes,

"For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, ĎA dog returns to its own vomit,í and, ĎA sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.í" (2 Peter 2:20-22)

The Apostles Paul, Peter and the writer of Hebrews make it plain that you cannot live in willful immoral sin and be saved whether you accepted Christ in the past or not. Paul does not say if you have not received Christ and do these things, but know with certainty that anyone practicing these things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

*Rejection of the Will and Plan Jesus Has for Oneís Life

Second, a person can lose his salvation if he rejects and rebels against the purpose and plan God has for his life. Jesus stated recorded in Matthew 12:30-32

"He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come."

Jesus tells us that the rash statements of our mouths said in frustration and anger will be forgiven us, but if we grieve the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven us. To confess Jesus as Lord and then not do what He says is to not make Jesus Lord over our lives. To confess Jesus as Lord means to obey Him and do what he says with our lives. Jesus said,

"So then, you will know them by their fruits. "Not everyone who says to Me, ĎLord, Lord,í will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. (Matt 7:20-21)

Paul plainly states that, ". . . Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." (Rom 10:4). What does it mean to be no longer under the law? It means that once I confess and repent of my sins that there is no religious ritual that I can do that will gain Godís forgiveness for those sins. It means that the only way I can gain Godís forgiveness for sins repented of is by coming to God for His forgiveness of my sins only through the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ. This is what Paul means by Jesus Christ being the end of the Law. It is the end of any attempt of ours to gain Godís forgiveness for our sins through our own works. The only work for the forgiveness of our sins that God will except is the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 5:8-9,

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

The reason why God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins is because He created us for a purpose. God has an individual purpose and plan for our lives. Isaiah tells us, though, that before Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins that our sin put a barrier between us and God so that even if we wanted to know His plan for our lives and live it out we could not. Isaiah wrote,

"Behold, Yehovahís hand is not so short That it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your Elohim, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Jesus died for our sins to remove the sin barrier so we could come to God and receive and live out the will and plan that he has for our lives. Without Jesusí death and shed blood for our sins we are condemned instead not to live out the plan God has for our lives, but to instead spend our lives trying to gain Godís forgiveness for our sins through our own works. This is the damnation of religion. The penalty of sin, however, is eternal separation from God. If we try to pay for sins repented of through our own works, it will take eternity for us personally to pay those sins and we will never know Godís will and plan for our lives let alone live it out. Therefore God had Jesus pay sinís penalty for us on the cross to free us from spending our lives trying to gain His forgiveness so that we would instead focus our energy on fulfilling and living out the plan and purpose that He has for our lives.

To repent of our sins is not just referring to moral sins or what we define as sin. Repenting of our sin also refers to repenting of our self-will and control over our own lives and surrendering to the will and plan that God has for our lives. If we come to God and receive his forgiveness for our sins as Savior and Lord but then do not allow Him to be Lord of our lives we are deceiving ourselves. We are not saved. This is because that is why Jesus died for us in the first place, to free us from attempting forgiveness of our sins repented of through our own works so that we could come back to Him and receive the will and plan that He has for our lives and put all our energy and focus on that.

People are not in hell because they are sinners and people are not in heaven because they are not. People are in hell not because they refused Godís forgiveness for their sins through Jesusí death and shed blood, but because they refused His Lordship over their lives which included their need to repent of their sins.

Recently I witnessed to a man on the street who told me that he would wait until just before he died to turn to Christ for the forgiveness of his sins to be saved. I explained to this man very solemnly that this would not result in his salvation and why: The Bible is very plain that suicide will lead to eternal hell whether saved or not. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17,

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."

I asked this man if he knew why suicide led to eternal hell. He asked me why. I explained to him that while alive, even if we currently say no to God, tomorrow we can repent and fulfill Godís will for our lives. Suicide, however, forever and permanently destroys any possibility of Godís will for our lives being fulfilled. It is an absolute blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and an absolute rejection of Jesus as Lord.

I then explained to him that to go through oneís life and never surrender to the will and plan God has for oneís life is no different than committing suicide, it is just slow suicide. To wait until one is about to die to receive Christ will not save a person because that person has already committed spiritual suicide by knowingly having spent his entire life rejecting Jesus as Lord. Paul wrote,

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life."  (Galatians 6:7-8)

Paul tells us plainly that only those who sow to the Spirit will reap eternal life. To sow to the Holy Spirit is to get up every day and say, "Jesus, what is Your will for me today? How do You want me to use my time today? Jesus, what is Your will for my life? How do I live out Your will for my life?" To say no every day of oneís life to God and then think that all one needs to do is receive Jesus as Savior and Lord just moments before they die is self deception. It is no different than committing suicide. It will lead to hell, not eternal life.

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