Matthew 12:22-33; The Unforgivable Sin Print

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This is a difficult passage. We are told that Jesus' sacrifice is both necessary and sufficient to take care of any and all of our sins. While this is true, is there more to it. As we look at Matthew 12:22-33 we find that there is.

 

The accusation:

22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.  23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?"  24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons."

 

Remember that Jesus just finished healing a demon possessed man and as a result the crowds amazement over Jesus grows. They begin to associate Christ with the Messiah. The Pharisees, upon hearing this increase their attack against Jesus and accuse Him of working for Beelsebul or Satan.

 

Jesus responds to their accusations with three polemics or rebukes.

 

The First Polemic:

 25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.  26 "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?

 

Jesus' first argument against the Pharisees' accusation was that a divided kingdom cannot stand. What we must understand that Jesus just decreased Satan's "territory" when He exorcised the man. It was obvious that Jesus was working against Satan through this exorcism.

 

The Second Polemic:

27 "If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.

 

Jesus' second argument against the Pharisees' accusation is that the Pharisees' "disciples" were also casting out demons and if casting out demons is a work of Satan, then they must be also in leagues with Satan.

 

"For this reason they will be your judges." implies that by what the Pharisees have just said, the Pharisees students will condemn the Pharisees. There are several implications here. One implication is that the Pharisees' will become isolated in their position. Another one is that they will be judged. Lastly, the "masters" will be judged by the "students."

 

The Third Polemic:

28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  29 "Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.  30 "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 

 

It is only the Spirit of God that can come into a strong man's house and bind him. It is only God who can bind Satan. It is only God Who can plunder Satan's house by healing a demon possessed man. It is the kingdom of God that has come upon him. Verse 30 identifies the centrality of Christ. We are either with Him or against Him. There is no middle ground.

 

A Warning:

31 "ThereforeI say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.  32 "Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.  33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 

 

Blasphemy is saying derogatory things about another person and in this context specifically about the Spirit of God. The Pharisees were doing this by attributing the Spirit's work through Christ to Satan. According to Hendriksen, blasphemy is "defiant irreverence."

 

From the context, blaspheming the Holy Spirit goes beyond not just recognizing that it was God's Holy Spirit working through Jesus Christ. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit arises but out of a hatred of Christ that would associate the work of the Holy Spirit through Jesus to the work of Satan.

 

To the question of, is there a sin that Jesus' sacrifice will not cover, the answer is "no." But as we have alluded to before, there is more to this question. While Jesus' sacrifice has the ability to cover all sins there is a sin that God will not apply Jesus' sacrifice to. This sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

 

Praise God that He has applied Jesus sacrifice to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

NAU John 16:14"He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.

 

"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (R), Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org"

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