Chapter 33: The Unpardonable Sin


You will sin, while establishing your “new record,” the one that ensures that your name will not be “blotted out” of the Book of Life. We have discussed the Book of Life before, but it bears repeating because your understanding of it has a lot to do with some very fundamental truths. The idea of “blotting out” only makes sense if there is something written that needs to be removed. Your name is in the Book of Life and only Jesus will determine if it is blotted out. Let’s look at a number of references that will help you understand the issue.

First, your iniquity can remove your name from the book of the living. Listen.

Psalm 69:27-28 (NKJ)

27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

When you are “delivered” it will be because your name is found written in the book.

Daniel 12:1 (NKJ)

1 “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book.

Rejoice if your name is written in heaven.

Luke 10:20 (NKJ)

20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in

Philippians 4:3 (NKJ)

3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Revelation 3:5 (NKJ)

5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Listen to one definition of those whose names are not in the Lamb’s Book of Life:

Revelation 21:27 (NKJ)

27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

But since all have sinned, who is it to whom sin is not imputed? Sin is not imputed to those who believe in a risen Messiah.

John 3:14-18 (NKJ)

14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Your sin will not be unto eternal death, unless you commit the “unpardonable sin.” That sin, a sin of immense proportions, is one of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, once you have “known” Him.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (NKJ)

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

Hebrews 10:26-27 (NKJ)

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

The word “know,” as used twice in these verses, refers to the same kind of intimacy as between a husband and a wife. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that those who repent and obey, those who love the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, with all their heart, mind, soul and strength and who love their neighbor as themselves, are as the “bride” of Christ, the Messiah. Listen to the way the bride is characterized in Scripture.

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJ)

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 62:5 (NKJ)

5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

As much as adultery ruins human relationships, thank God it is not an unforgivable sin. It does not have to ruin a marriage but it usually does so. There is a form of adultery, “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,” that does have eternal consequence. If you turn to other gods instead of the Truth in you, after having known the Truth, I believe you are in serious trouble and you had better repent in a hurry. Our God is a jealous God.

Exodus 34:14 (NKJ)

14 ‘for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

It is because of the fact that we are as the bride of Christ that blasphemy is as adultery, a sin of immense proportions between a man and his wife, the only sin upon which “divorce” can be scripturally based.

There may be some that feel, “I wish I had never read about the unforgivable sin. If I am going to be judged having confessed that I know the Light is in me, I would just as soon have had no knowledge of the Light. You will only think such thoughts while in the flesh. Your flesh, Satan in you I am sorry to say (and everyone not born of the Spirit) is at war with your spirit. Satan would have you understand nothing at all of God’s love. But whether you acknowledge that the Light is in you or not, you will, on judgment Day, see our Redeemer, face to face. You will confess that he is Lord and you will not even consider denying it.

For reasons known only to God, Jesus Christ has defeated the power of sin over you. He has provided you with the power of the Holy Spirit, the Helper. You could never commit the unpardonable sin if you persevere, by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in you, in your personal war with Satan and his intent to defeat you. Your fidelity is anchored in the presence of your personal Savior in your life. Absent your complete dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit in you, you are as a leaf in the wind, tossed about by circumstance.

If you do not understand and believe that fact, then the following verse will not empower you to fight the fight, a battle which will never cease as long as we are in this flesh.

Galatians 2:20 (NKJ)

20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”.

Listen to God’s word, carefully.

John 14:16-17 (NKJ)

16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Some people have argued that there is no “unpardonable sin.” I would be prone to agree with them from a human perspective. But, again, the Word says what it says and I think we should take it very seriously. That does not mean that the Father will not show mercy to many of us who do not deserve it. I believe that it does mean that obedience is more than just a suggestion. Those who would be disobedient, willingly, and then say that they are counting on God to be merciful, are testing our Lord in a way that the Scriptures do not support. Get born again, get cleansed and empowered, and remain faithful forever! Then the debate of whether there is an unpardonable sin will not be of consequence to you.


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