I turned the knob on the lamp and within seconds, the bulb lit up. The shade covering the lamp was glowing from the light within.
Electricity truly is an incredible thing. It has tremendous power. Not only to bring light into a dark place through lamps, flashlights, and other electronics, but it heats and brings warmth to our ovens, dryers, and heaters.
It exists. Its proof is evident. Yet, some would choose to deny it and its power. It doesn’t make it “non-existent” just because they choose to not believe. And it doesn’t make it any less powerful for those that use it.
And for those that have seen light, have used electricity, can never “unsee” it.
Let me make the connection for you.
“And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:20-30)
With so many coming to be healed, Jesus had been working so hard and non-stop that He never took time to even eat. The disciples were worried about him. They were concerned for His welfare and stated that He was out of His mind because He had not eaten.
Jesus knew exactly what He was doing. Don’t forget that.
As the religious leaders came forth, seeing His miracles, they came up with a new way to try to discredit Jesus. They claimed He was possessed by demons and that the power He had, came from Satan.
Here are these men that have claimed for so long that Jesus was not the Messiah. They denied Him completely, as if He didn’t exist at all. It never changed the fact that He truly was the Messiah, they just chose not to believe it. And now, seeing His miracles firsthand, they saw an opportunity to discredit Him.
“He’s possessed by the devil and uses his power.” (vs. 22)
Jesus responded to their nonsense. How can one cast out Satan in the name of Satan?
And then He makes this statement which has sparked confusion and debate with many.
“Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30)
The unpardonable sin. That’s what this is called and even Christians have wondered if they are guilty of this.
Let me point out the truth about this statement:
The sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of complete rejection of the Holy Spirit.
It’s like the light. You can pretend it doesn’t exist and never experience its true power and warmth, but it’s still there.
As a Christian, you cannot “undo” salvation. You have trusted in Jesus to save you and the Holy Spirit lives within you. Yes, we can still sin, but by God’s grace we are forgiven. Once you have trusted in Christ to save you, you cannot be guilty of completely rejecting Him.
Has the light come on yet? Do you get it? Only those that completely reject Jesus are guilty of this sin. These religious leaders, even though they claimed to be of God, were guilty of this sin because they did not believe in Jesus and would not open their hearts to the Holy Spirit.
As a follower of Christ, we can rest in the finished work of Jesus. He is the light of the world and in Him can be no darkness.