Unlimited: Unrepentant Hearts
May 12, 2022 796
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed (Romans 2:5).
Now comes the third in a series of astonishing thoughts. At its core, it isn’t by what you do that you are storing up wrath against yourselves, but instead it’s because you have stubborn and unrepentant hearts. The word “stubbornness” in this verse literally means callousness. The Greek word translating as “storing up” refers to collecting treasure.
We can come to love our rejection of God so much that it is similar to how we guard treasure in our lives. When we do that, we will become callous and hardened to the voice of God. Jesus described it like this:
…I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven… (Matt. 12:30–32.)
At its core, it isn’t by what you do that you are storing up wrath against yourselves, but instead it’s because you have stubborn and unrepentant hearts.
Jesus says these words in the context of saying that every sin can be forgiven. The phrase “unpardonable sin” isn’t Biblical. The so-called “unpardonable sin” is simply the sin of continually and stubbornly rejecting God’s forgiveness and goodness in your life. You cannot be forgiven for the sin for which you don’t want to be forgiven. That’s the only reason why anyone will ever be lost.
Are there any areas of your life in which you are rejecting God’s transforming grace? This is a question that we can only answer as the Spirit reveals these things to us. That is why we must be willing to live in a state of continual openness to God. To abandon unrepentant hearts.