The Unforgivable Sin
1. The Accusation
1. Point 1
2. The Analogy and Condemnation
2.1. Christ Refutes the Accusation
Would a kingdom deliberately set out to destroy itself by initiating a civil war?
2.2. Christ Explains the Exorcisms
2.3. Christ Condemns the Accusers
3. Point 3
“I tell you the truth” (Gk. Amēn legō hymin), used more than a dozen times in Mark to preface an earnest admonition. Here it signifies the seriousness of the charge that Jesus is in league with Satan.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God
For anyone who is truly penitent, no matter how shameful his transgressions may have been, there is no reason to despair (Ps. 103:12; Isa. 1:18; 44:22; 55:6, 7; Mic. 7:18–20; 1 John 1:9). On the other hand, there is no excuse for being indifferent, as if the subject of the unpardonable sin is of no concern to the average church member. The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the result of gradual progress in sin. Grieving the Spirit (Eph. 4:30), if unrepented of, leads to resisting the Spirit (Acts 7:51), which, if persisted in, develops into quenching the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19). The true solution is found in Ps. 95:7b, 8a, “Today O that you would listen to his voice. Harden not your hearts!” Cf. Heb. 3:7, 8a.