Eternal Consequences

Jesus gave an exception when He told us that all sin CAN be forgiven.  Read it here in verse 28-29:

22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, "He's possessed by Satan,* the prince of demons. That's where he gets the power to cast out demons.” 23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. "How can Satan cast out Satan?" he asked.24 "A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. 28 "I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences."30 He told them this because they were saying, "He's possessed by an evil spirit." Mark 3: 22-30

If you tell me that Dairy Queen has free Ice Cream Cones and I hear you but fail to go to DQ to pick one up am I going to eat Ice Cream from DQ?  Nope (and that sounds pretty good about now). Jesus didn’t say there is anything God couldn’t do here…the contingency is on us instead.  

The people who would choose to blaspheme The Holy Spirit are choosing not to recognize His power.  They have turned a blind eye to Who God is and have even chosen to say that the power at work was the power of God’s enemy - The Devil.  

What must a person do to receive forgiveness from God?  We must believe The Gospel - that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to live perfect, die for us and rise again to provide us with salvation. We must confess that Jesus is our Lord by giving our life to Him.  We must ask for forgiveness of the sin that has separated us from God.  This is what we must do to be saved…to be forgiven.  

Now, is a person who is accusing God’s Holy Spirit of actually being Satan really going to ask God for forgiveness or believe The Gospel or confess Jesus as Lord.  Nope!  They are running from God at a fast pace.  They are choosing to live outside of God’s forgiveness.  That choice carries eternal consequences.  Choosing to follow Jesus now means that you are close to Him now and will be forever in Heaven.  Choosing the opposite means you are far apart from Jesus now and will be eternally separated from Him in a place designed for Satan called Hell.  This is the ultimate consequence for the most important decision of your life.  

God CAN forgive anything.  That gift sits right before you.  However God WON’T forgive the sin that has been with-held from Him by choice and God WON’T forgive the person who chooses not to see Him at work and even denies His power when it operates right in front of them.  We all face a time in this life where we must choose whom we will follow.  What is your choice?  It carries eternal consequences…