Now, for this morning we want you to turn to Mark chapter 3 in your Scripture...run a little behind and I've got an awful lot to say...so be patient and we're going to try to unpack a really critical portion of Scripture. Mark chapter 3 and our text for this morning starts in verse 20 and goes down to the end of the chapter. We did Part 1 last time and we'll comment on that in a little bit and then we're going to do Part 2 and kind of wrap it up this morning.
The theme of this particular section is the unforgivable sin...the unforgivable sin. Now drop down to verse 28 for a moment and let's at least identify this as the core of our study, this morning. Jesus is speaking here and He says, "Truly I say to you..." By the way, that little formula, "Truly I say to you," never appears in the book of Acts, never appears in the epistles of the New Testament. It only appears in the lips of Jesus. It seems to have been a phrase that He used to identify something that had very significant meaning and was, in fact, a representation of divine truth that needed to be heard. "Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men and whatever blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin."
Now it might strike you as strange that there would be a sin that would not be forgivable. Don't we say that God offers forgiveness to sinners? Doesn't the gospel promise that the Lord will forgive all our sins? That He'll pass by all our iniquities? Isn't He a pardoning God who overlooks sin? Doesn't He bury it in the depths of the sea, remove it as far as the east is from the west and remember it no more? Isn't God gracious and merciful as the prophet says, who is a pardoning God like You? When we preach the gospel, don't we say that God will forgive all your trespasses, all your sins? Doesn't this sort of contradict that?