Mark 3:22-30
Eternal Sin

Open your Bibles to Mark 3:22-30


And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”


Sin = In Hebrew means “to fail” or “to miss the goal”.

Blasphemy = willfully attributing anything of God to another or cursing God.

Eternal Sin/Unforgivable Sin = ?



Luke 15:17-24 Parable of the Prodigal Son

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.



Genesis 3 - God pursued Adam and Eve after they sinned

Genesis 16 - God pursued Hagar after she ran from Sarah

1 Kings:18-19 - God pursed Elijah and showed up for him

Jonah 1 - God pursued Jonah, multiple times

Acts 9 - God pursed Saul (Paul)



John 21:15-19 - God pursues Peter (after Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times)

  • This was a willful defiance against Jesus!
  • Three times!
  • But Peter was forgiven and Jesus still used Peter to spread the Gospel.
    • 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep…v.19b…And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”


  • What is the unforgivable sin? What is the eternal sin?
    • An Unrepentant Heart
      • Complete rejection of God’s grace
      • Mocking the Savior of the world
      • Hardness of heart against faith, hope, and trust in God
      • Cursing the Lord and His grace and mercy for mankind
      • Denying that Jesus is the Son of God, the name by which we must be saved.


Eternal Sin doesn’t apply to you if…

If you are concerned that you’ve sinned against God…

If you feel conviction in your heart for the wrong you’ve done…

If you are seeking forgiveness for your sins…

If you are willing to humble yourself before Jesus…

If you surrender your life to Jesus…


The Romans Road:

  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 6:23
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 10:9-10