“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
(a) Shall be forgiven. Prior to the cross, Jesus preached conditional forgiveness to people living under the old covenant. “If you forgive, God will forgive” (Matt. 6:14, Mark 11:25). However, as the messenger of the new covenant, he also demonstrated and proclaimed unconditional forgiveness (Matt. 9:2, 18:27, Luke 7:42, 47, 23:34). On the night he rose from the dead, he told the disciples to preach the good news of unconditional forgiveness (see entry for Luke 24:47).
(b) Forgiven; see entry for Forgiveness.
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—
(a) Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit; see entry for Matt. 12:31.
(b) Never has forgiveness. The one who refuses the gift of forgiveness shall not have it.
(c) Forgiveness. The original word (aphesis) is a noun that is sometimes translated as remission and means a letting go or dismissal (see entry for Luke 24:47).
On the night he rose from the dead, Jesus told the disciples to preach the remission of sins or the good news of unconditional forgiveness (Luke 24:47). Because of his great love, God chooses to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12, 10:17), and he is no longer holding your sins and trespasses against you (2 Cor. 5:19). However, if you scorn the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you will never receive the forgiveness that comes by faith. Only in Christ do we have the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14).
“For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
(a) The will of God is the same as the work of God and the command of God – that you believe in Jesus (John 6:29, 1 John 3:23). “This is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life” (John 6:40). Jesus is the will of God made flesh. When we are joined to the Lord in faith, we have fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (1 John 1:3).
(b) My brother and sister and mother. In the New Testament, believers are often referred to as the family or household of God (Matt. 12:50, John 11:52, 2 Cor. 6:18, Eph. 2:19, Gal. 3:26, 6:10, 1 Pet. 4:17).
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