Tag: power to cast out devils
Scripture reading for January 16th: Matthew 12:22-50, Psalm 11, Proverbs 3:13-18
Jesus healed a man who was both blind and mute so that the man could both see and talk again. This miracle brought the charge from the Pharisees that He cast out devils by the prince of devils, Beelzebub. Now this great miracle was an act of compassion and Jesus knew what they were thinking. He spoke to these Pharisees, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:25-28)
His miraculous deliverance of this man came not by using Satan’s power, but by the Spirit of God. If Satan was casting out Satan, his kingdom could not last! There would be rebellion in the kingdom that would tear it apart from within. This principle would apply to God’s rule as well, but God rules His kingdom and no rebellion will be allowed! He has both the power and wisdom to deal with it and His team of “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” are always in unity! Satan, himself, was cast down to earth because of this kind of selfish rebellion. (Isaiah14:12-15)
Jesus went on to give further truth and warning. “He who is not with Me is against Me and he who does not gather with Me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 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, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:30-32) This warning states that falsely charging the Holy Spirit with doing Satan’s work was very dangerous ground. This sin will not be forgiven now or in the coming age! This warning should cause us to think twice about our words and heart attitude toward the works of the Holy Spirit. Let’s join with Jesus and gather souls!