22 They brought to Jesus a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to speak. Jesus healed him so that he could both speak and see. 23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “This man couldn’t be the Son of David, could he?” 24 When the Pharisees heard, they said, “This man throws out demons only by the authority of Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 25 Because Jesus knew what they were thinking, he replied, “Every kingdom involved in civil war becomes a wasteland. Every city or house torn apart by divisions will collapse. 26 If Satan throws out Satan, he is at war with himself. How then can his kingdom endure? 27 And if I throw out demons by the authority of Beelzebul, then by whose authority do your followers throw them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. 28 But if I throw out demons by the power of God’s Spirit, then God’s kingdom has already overtaken you. 29 Can people go into a house that belongs to a strong man and steal his possessions, unless they first tie up the strong man? Then they can rob his house. 30 Whoever isn’t with me is against me, and whoever doesn’t gather with me scatters. 31 “Therefore, I tell you that people will be forgiven for every sin and insult to God. But insulting the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Human One will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven, not in this age or in the age that is coming. (Matthew 12:22-32, CEB)
The unforgivable sin is speaking against the Holy Spirit. Everything else can be forgiven.
Saying that a house is divided against itself, saying whatever you want against Jesus and the Father, but denying or speaking against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable.
Every time I read this I wonder if I have done this. Because really what does this mean? I ran away from God when I was called to go to seminary for a long time. Was that speaking against the Holy Spirit? Because I knew who I was and I would say that there is no way that God wants me to be a pastor, even though I knew, I knew that is what was supposed to happen.
How are we sure?
One thing we can always be sure of is God’s love. we are always loved.