The Unpardonable Sin The hard-hearted intentionality of the Pharisees’ sin is the main factor that made it unpardonable. Why would they credit Satan with what Jesus had done through the power of the Holy Spirit? They had just watched Him vanquish demons. They fully grasped who Jesus was and with what authority He spoke and acted (Luke 6: 10– 11; John 11: 47– 48; 12: 9; Acts 4: 16)— and yet they hated Him with a devilish hatred anyway. It’s clear that they were lying when they said He was the devilish one. . . . 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. (Matthew 12: 32) Why was their statement such a grievous offense against the Holy Spirit? For one thing, the demoniac’s healing was as much a work of the Holy Spirit as it was a work of Christ. All Jesus’ miracles were done according to the will of the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4: 14; John 5: 19, 30; 8: 28; Acts 10: 38). Therefore to attribute our Lord’s miracles to Satan was to credit Satan with the Holy Spirit’s work. Because they knew better, the Pharisees’ abominable insult was a direct, deliberate, diabolical blasphemy against the Spirit of God. (Parables, pages 12– 13)
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