Unforgivable or unforgiven?
2013/09/23 3 Comments
Only those whose sins are forgiven will enter the Kingdom of God. Therefore, for those who want to spend eternity with God, it is of utmost importance to make sure that their sins are forgiven. However, Jesus teaches that some sins will not be forgiven, yet does not describe exactly what these sins are. It would be unfair of God if He did not give us enough information to deduce what the sins against the Holy Spirit are. Would we be able to work out what these sins are on the basis of what we already know?
The New Testament describes God as 3 persons; The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Father is associated with His adobe in heaven; Jesus was His representation on earth in human body; and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus called parakletos, who does not have a body, therefore can communicate with everyone at any time regardless of where the person is. He is our link that makes it possible for our sins to be forgiven. We would not even find out on our own that we have sinned if it was not for the Holy Spirit. If we refuse to communicate with Him, we are left alone to moan and die. And here we have the answer — those who refuse to connect to the power station (the Holy Spirit) will have no electricity (forgiveness of sins). It is not because they are not able to use electricity, but because they refuse to use it. Hence, sins against the Holy Spirit are not sins that are unforgiveable (such do not exist), but the sins that no one ask to be forgiven.
There are other sins that will not be forgiven. Jesus describes the concepts of sin being unforgiven when a group of people came to Him and expected to enter the kingdom of God. To their surprise, and to the surprise of all that heard the story, Jesus could not take them to heaven. Have they sinned against the Holy Spirit or not?
People who come to Jesus and claimed their merits as a title to heaven did not really see that their merits do not count. The only merits that counts are those of Jesus Christ — priceless and holy. Those who refuse to accept the merits of Jesus and parade with their own merits, do not follow what the Holy Spirit inspires them to do. So, these people put a lot of effort to serve God, yet refuse the most important element of friendship with Him — humility.
I would be very disappointed if I never learned about eternal happiness in God’s kingdom, and were told at the end of my life that I would not be taken there because I have not been God’s friend. I would also be very disappointed if I were told that I would never experience the riches of God’s love because all my efforts like performing miracles in God’s name do not count. So, I begin to wonder, is God too strict in giving us conditions that hardly anyone could fulfil? Why would God deny a place in His kingdom to so many otherwise good people?
God is not driven by jealousy or a lack of space in heaven when He explains who will qualify for the gift of eternal life. The most important objective to Him is to guarantee absolute joy for eternity to all those who enter His kingdom. It is impossible to provide absolute happiness without first guaranteeing perfect harmony. It can exist only when all creatures follow one master plan created in God’s omniscient mind. In turn, it is only possible when all creatures love God, because without loving Him there would be many creatures that, after long enough time, would decide to do something their own way and thus introduce chaos; and disaster. Such disaster has taken place once in heaven, and none of angels want it again. So, God will make sure that it does not happen again.
Those who perform miracles in Jesus’s name, yet Jesus does not know, are those who do not follow Him but do things their own way. They would not be able to be in heaven with Jesus if they were taken there, therefore God is forced to not take them there. Those who did not make Jesus their friend, clearly do not qualify for the gift of eternal life, because they would refuse to do anything that God would guide them to do. So far, God has approached these people many times in their lifetime, yet they did not accept Him as a friend and lived in enmity with Him, whether open or camouflaged, fully conscious or trying to not face the idea. Their lives may even have revealed many charity works, but after all they did not accept God as their friend. Both cases are the result of sin against the Holy Spirit. In both cases the sin will not be forgiven, although there are no unforgivable sin. All sins are forgivable, just some forgivable sins will never be forgiven. It will happen only in cases when the person either refuses friendship with God, or will attempt to do things his/her own way. Unforgiven sins are those that are not asked to be forgiven.
Is it possible to do something for people who exclude themselves from heaven? We may be tempted to think that we can do something, like trying to convince them that they should become God’s friends. We may stir some thoughts but we should be careful to not promote God’s cause too much. In some cases our attempts may bring the opposite results to what we attempt to achieve, and, after all, in fact it is the Holy Spirit who has the real power and knowledge necessary to do it right.
It is very sad that in some cases those who refuse to listen to our good advice are those who are close to our heart. In such cases we may fall into thinking that we are the reason that people refuse to become God’s friends. But Jesus taught that people refuse to listen to us because they refuse to respond to Jesus’s call, not vice versa. Therefore we should not worry, people do not refuse us but God. The only thing we can do in such cases is to love everyone regardless, and not to worry that for some people we become a stumbling block on the way to God’s kingdom (although such situation is also possible).
There may be some cases where people blame our behaviour or our sin that supposedly prevented them from entering the kingdom of God. It may be true that our behaviour or our actions are pointed at as stumbling blocks, and it may be true that we do something deliberately to lead people away from God. And if we do it deliberately, it will be us who will not be given eternal life. God will never refrain from giving eternal life to anybody as a punishment for someone else’s sins. Before he world is destroyed, and before God’s kingdom ascends to our planet, everybody will accept God’s righteous judgement by kneeling down, and everyone will be made accountable for his/her own decisions. So, we should not worry (although we should be concerned) if people refuse to become God’s friends. If we put obstacles on their way, it is we who are in danger of losing the gift of eternal life. If other people refuse to become God’s friends in spite that we love then, they do not refuse us but God. Let us then focus on loving anyone who comes in contact with us.
 Jn14:16–17nasb “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (παράκλητος), that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
 This cheeky expression is borrowed from my friend
 Mt12:31–32nkjv „Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
 Jn16:8nkjv And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
 Rm14:11,12nkjv For it is written: “as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
 Ph2:10nkvj that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,