Lesson 24 - Holy Spirit and Unpardonable Sin

A pastor was approached by a young man who nervously asked, “May I talk with you privately?” The pastor learned that this young man feared he had committed the unpardonable sin. He wondered whether forgiveness was possible. Could he have gone beyond God’s mercy? This young man is not an isolated case. Many people are perplexed regarding this vital subject. What is the unpardonable sin? Will an individual know if and when they commit it? Why is it unforgivable? Is there a sin so great that even God Himself cannot forgive it?

If the unpardonable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit, it is extremely important to understand how the Holy Spirit works on our hearts. This lesson will clearly reveal what the unpardonable sin is and how to avoid rejecting the claims of the Holy Spirit upon our lives.

  1. How does Jesus describe the unpardonable sin? Matthew 12:31
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  2. What conditions does God list for forgiveness? Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9
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  3. How does the Bible describe the personality of the Holy Spirit? John 16:7, 8
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  4. How does Jesus describe the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead? Matthew 28:19
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  5. What is the prime function of the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit? John 16:8
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  6. If sin is cherished and the prompting of the Spirit rejected, what ultimately occurs? Ephesians 4:30
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  7. When had virtually a whole generation committed the unpardonable sin? Genesis 6:3-8
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  8. How was the Bible written? 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16
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  9. What person of the Godhead leads us into the truths of God’s Word? John 16:13
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  10. What attitude does God desire us to have as He reveals “new” light and truth to us? John 12:35
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  11. Whom is the fullness of the Holy Spirit promised to? Acts 5:32; John 14:15, 16
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  12. What difference does the Holy Spirit make in our lives? Galatians 5:16, 22-26
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  13. What does the Holy Spirit write in our hearts and minds? Hebrews 10:16
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  14. What gracious invitation does the Holy Spirit give us? Revelation 22:17
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