Spirit blasphemy - unpardonable sin

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Spirit blasphemy - unpardonable sin

Postby Origen; » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:40 am

"Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven, but blasphemy
against the Spirit will not.…either in this age or in the age to
come (Mt. 12:31-32; Mk. 3:29-30). This is saying that every sin
and blasphemy will be forgiven in the age to come except this sin.
If not, what is the point of singling out one sin in particular as an
exception? This is powerful testimony from the lips of Christ
Himself for hope after death! Because a particular sin will not be
forgiven at a given time does not require that the penalty be infinite.
Also, God‘s justice in judgment does not change! (Mal. 3:6).
All judgment is measured and with a purpose. Either a just penalty
will be exacted (He. 2:2), or its forgiveness must await a subsequent
age. (Scripture alludes to ―ages to come- Ep. 2:7). We can
rest assured that the Father‘s chastising penalty for this sin will be
just, and righteous, and in character with His loving heart for all."

https://www.tentmaker.org/books/hope_beyond_hell.pdf

Assuming the dead are not conscious & the age to come is a period of 1000 years commencing at Christ's future return, those who committed this sin, if any, after dying would sleep through that future age (the millennium) & be resurrected at the GWT judgement spoken of in Revelation. From that point on they could be pardoned of this sin.
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Re: Spirit blasphemy - unpardonable sin

Postby Paidion » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:49 am

"αφεσις," the word that is sometimes translated as "forgiveness" entails much more than mere pardon.
I want to comment on this more thoroughly in a later post. Meanwhile you might want to consider George MacDonald's chapter on Luke 12:20 from "Unspoken Sermons Volume 1":

It Shall Not Be Forgiven

The following is a paragraph from near the end of the article:

But for him that speaketh against the Spirit of Truth, against the Son of God revealed within him, he is beyond the teaching of that Spirit now. For how shall he be forgiven? The forgiveness would touch him no more than a wall of stone. Let him know what it is to be without the God he hath denied. Away with him to the Outer Darkness! Perhaps that will make him repent.
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Re: Spirit blasphemy - unpardonable sin

Postby Origen; » Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:24 pm

Paidion wrote:"αφεσις," the word that is sometimes translated as "forgiveness" entails much more than mere pardon.
I want to comment on this more thoroughly in a later post. Meanwhile you might want to consider George MacDonald's chapter on Luke 12:20 from "Unspoken Sermons Volume 1":

It Shall Not Be Forgiven

The following is a paragraph from near the end of the article:

But for him that speaketh against the Spirit of Truth, against the Son of God revealed within him, he is beyond the teaching of that Spirit now. For how shall he be forgiven? The forgiveness would touch him no more than a wall of stone. Let him know what it is to be without the God he hath denied. Away with him to the Outer Darkness! Perhaps that will make him repent.


I'm wondering how this last paragraph would harmonize with the sin not being pardoned or forgiven in this age & the next age. Since it speaks of the possibility of the sinner repenting in outer darkness. That repentance would supposedly lead to forgiveness & the sinner not being punished for two ages. This appears to be an apparent contradiction. Or would the sinner who repented in outer darkness continue to be punished or not forgiven till the end of the 2 ages? Or does the punishment only need to last into the coming eon & not through all of it till its end?
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