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Bible Studies - Unpardonable Sin

 

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Review: Last lesson, we saw how, God wants us to keep His Sabbath.

INTRODUCTION:  This week, we shall discover a sin God cannot forgive - "The Unpardonable Sin."
What is it?  How can we know if we have committed it?  How can we keep from committing it?

US - I        US - I        What sin cannot be forgiven?  Matthew 12:31  All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven man. We know David sin many times including murder, pride, and adultry and yet was forgiven. 2 Sam 12:13; Hebrews 11:32                

US - 2        So what is the Bible definition of Blasphemy?  Matthew 26:63-65
                  1.     Jesus declared that He was the Son of God.
                  2.     It is blasphemy to declare one self to be God.
                  3.     We are putting ourselves in God's place when we set our will against the Word of God or reject the impressions of His Spirit.

US - 3        What is the work of the Holy Spirit?  John 16:8-13
                  1.     The Spirit reproves and convicts us of:
                        a)     Sin - an awareness that we have done wrong.
                        b)    Righteousness - the need of the forgiveness of Christ.
                        c)     Judgment - the need to be right with God.
                  2.   The Spirit guides us into all truth.
                        a.     John 17:17 - Thy Word is Truth.
                        b.     A continual rejection of this guidance would constitute the unpardonable sin.
                  3.     The Spirit also shows us things to come.

US - 4        How, then, do we commit the unpardonable sin?  Hebrews 10:26
                  1.     If we persistently refuse to accept God's revealed will after becoming convicted of the truth, there is no sacrifice for sin - that is, no forgiveness.
                  2.     God's word has been speaking to us.  How will we respond?

US - 5        What are we warned not to do concerning the Holy Spirit?  Acts 7:51
                  1.     Quenching the Spirit was the main reason the Jews rejected Christ. 
                  2.     Ephesians 4:30 - Bbecause by Him we are sealed for redemption.
                  3.     The person who has committed the unpardonable sin has cut himself off from God.
                        a)    He has no desire for Spiritual things.     
                        b)    He has no sorrow for sin.
                        c)    He does not want to repent.

                  4.     On the other hand, we can know we haven't committed this sin if
                        a)    We feel sorrow for sin
                        b)    If we desire to repent and express our love for God.
                  5.     We keep from committing this sin by
                        a)    Surrendering to all the light we've been given.                       

US - 6        What is the outcome of those who do not love the truth into which the Spirit guides them?  II Thessalonians 2:10-12   They are deluded, damned and will perish.

US - 7        Can we be assured, if we follow Christ all the way, that we shall be saved?  John 6:37   If we come to Christ, we can be assured He will not cast us out.

US - 8        When should a person respond to the gift of Salvation?  II Corinthians 6:2
                  1.     Now is the accepted time.
                  2.     Now is the day of Salvation.

Remember the Gift of Prophecy lesson? Here is a quote from Ellen White supporting the Bible view and making it clear it's always our choice, God NEVER rejects us.

“It is not God that blinds the eyes of men or hardens their hearts. He sends them light to correct their errors, and to lead them in safe paths; it is by the rejection of this light that the eyes are blinded and the heart hardened. Often the process is gradual, and almost imperceptible. Light comes to the soul through God’s word, through His servants, or by the direct agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disregarded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul.” {DA 322.2} “The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and evidence. It is not that God sends out a decree that man shall not be saved. He does not throw a darkness before the eyes which cannot be penetrated.” {FLB 58}

Let's respond to the Spirit's calling; lets follow Jesus all the way.

PREVIEW:  Next lesson, we shall talk about the punishment for the wicked.