Jesus and The Prince of Demons
Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?” But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.”
Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. For 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. “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:22-37 NLT)
No matter what you do, there are those who will make false accusations against you in order to tear you down. And what we see here is just that but also the beauty of Jesus’ wisdom and intelligence.
If Satan is casting out Satan, then what benefit would Satan have to possess a man in his ways? It is this type of poor logic that shows how ill-conceived people can be–especially those who perform the same acts as Jesus. We must never forget that evil is at hand and only the Holy Spirit can cleanse a heart from performing evil acts.
So do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Jesus has made an exception to forgive anyone that has blasphemed against the Son of Man. But he will never forgive anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than the power of Satan. To show disrespect towards the Holy Spirit is to show respect towards the power of Satan.
Always be mindful of what you say and don’t make false or ill-conceived accusations like the Pharisees.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Finding Your Spiritual Gift (princesdailyjournal.com)