Is it actually possible? Can God forgive us for all of our sins or only some? Is there a limit to how many times He will forgive us? Whether you know these answers or not, our writers will fill you in on what you need to know.
God will forgive almost everything.
“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Matthew 12:31
That’s amazing. God will forgive “every sin and blasphemy” you could commit. You’ve said something cruel. God can forgive that. You’ve betrayed your best friend. God can forgive that. Anything you have ever done that has wounded the heart of God, from the slightest fib to the ickiest sexual sin, all can be forgiven. There is something boundless about God’s mercy. It endures forever.
So what about this dreaded “Unpardonable Sin?” Well… it’s complicated. Let’s look at a few other scary Bible verses to get a better shape of it.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6
This is something that can only be done by someone who once knew better, who had experienced the very fullness of God.
Let’s have some context: that warning against blaspheming the Spirit of God? That was given to the Pharisees, who knew the Word of God, and, according to Nicodemus, knew that Jesus came from God (John 3:2) but decided to attribute his works to the devil. Later on, Paul, who was also a Pharisee, would say of his own blasphemies, “But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13). You can’t do it ignorantly. You have to know better to do it willingly. There is no accidentally committing a sin God won’t forgive.
“How much worse punishment [than death], do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” – Hebrews 10:28-29
To truly outrage the Spirit of Grace, you have to have experienced forgiveness before. You have to have once been sanctified (set apart) by God.
I don’t like focusing on the possibility of losing one’s salvation or doing something God won’t forgive you for, but this is the strictest warning Jesus gives about anything in the entire Bible. If you know better and still want to turn your back on the Spirit that has reached out to you with grace… God will let you. He won’t chase you anymore with that pesky forgiveness he’s been showering you with. Not if you truly and irrevocably and knowingly treat the Holy Spirit with such spite.
“For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins,” – Hebrews 10:26
I think when we put together all the Bible verses that talk about people going beyond the grace of God, we find that they all knew the truth, but traded God’s forgiveness for their own bitterness.
The good news is that while it’s certainly possible to fully reject the passionate grace of the Spirit of God, it’s not easy. It’s not something someone just does without meaning to. You have to mean it for God to take the hint that you don’t want him. If you don’t, then he won’t ever leave you alone. He’ll pursue you through every ugly thing you do, every heartless cruelty, every angry, lustful, proud, and selfish act, always holding out the forgiveness and grace that his Son bought for you with his own lifeblood. What you do with that grace is entirely up to you.
I don’t have any kids, but I do have a host of nieces and nephews. When they misbehave, I get disappointed. However, they are just kids. So I can’t stay mad at them too long; that’s when my forgiveness comes in.
I believe God looks on us in the same way. Let’s look at what the Bible says.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
“For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. – Romans 3:23
All of us have sinned, we have deceitful hearts, and we are desperately sick. Even with all of that, God forgives us.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” – Ephesians 1:7
That’s unconditional love. That blood that was shed erased all of that. But to receive that ultimate forgiveness…
Granted, when we do sin, we will pay the price for it. Believe that.
So yes, I think God can literally forgive almost everything… Well, everything except for suicide. I think that is the one thing that even our Heavenly Father can’t forgive. But even saying that, I’m not 100% sure. Technically the last thing you’re doing is committing murder, and you don’t have a chance to repent, but only God knows the answer to if He can forgive murder. I don’t see how he could, but I’m not God.
To all non-believers, yes, God can and will forgive all of your sins and transgressions. Jesus came to Earth, did not sin, and died on the cross so that we could escape God’s judgment (Isaiah 53:5-6; John 3:16). Oh yeah, and God will judge everyone (Romans 14:10-12; Revelation 20:11-15). However, you can escape the judgment in Revelations by accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior and living for Him. Essentially Jesus dying on the cross and giving us grace is our trump card. It makes life wholly unfair. By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross you will have all sins covered (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Now Silas brought up the “unforgivable sin” up top. This may cause some confusion, so if he did not make it clear then let me try to simplify it. Matthew 12:31 is the rejection of the gospel of salvation. The same verse can be found in Luke.
“And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:10
Peter rejected knowing Jesus and yet was forgiven. But if you deny His salvation for you then it is unforgivable. Now if you do accept His salvation then you are good and no worries. I know many Christians may find these verses confusing, but I highly encourage reading both Matthew 12:31 and Luke 12:10 in context.
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