A sin that is often referred to as the "unpardonable sin" because, in the words of Jesus, "He who blasphemes against the holy spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation [Mark 3:29]. Jesus' words about the sin against the holy spirit provide a clue to its nature. When a demon-possessed man came to Jesus, He was healed. The multitudes were amazed. But the scribes and Pharisees said He was healing through Satan's power [Matt. 12:24]. Jesus had cast out the demons by the power of the holy spirit; His enemies claimed He cast them out by the power of the devil. Such slander of the holy spirit, Jesus implied, reveals a spiritual blindness, a warping and perversion of the moral nature, that puts one beyond hope of repentance, faith, and forgiveness. Those who call the holy spirit "Satan" reveals a spiritual cancer that they are beyond any hope of healing and forgiveness. Thus, committing the "Unpardonable Sin" implies final rejection of God's offer of pardon.


[Attributing to Satan a deed done by Jesus through the power of God's spirit] is an unpardonable sin not because God cannot or will not forgive such a sin but because such a hard-hearted person has put himself beyond the possibility of repentance and faith Mark 3: 28-29.