No city or house divided against itself will stand

Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Once again Jesus is confronted by pejorative religious unbelief as a man is miraculously healed by him. Sadly everyone was amazed by this miracle except the religious leaders. How could their hearts be so hard and lacking compassion? It seems that jealousy has taken hold of them and blinded them.

In this state of jealousy they begin to rationalize that Jesus is in league with Satan. Jesus mocks their logic and says that only one stronger than Satan could cast him out. He then confronts their opposition. Interesting how he implies that they should be with him and not he with them.. the religious leaders.

Jesus then says something very chilling. He says that there is a sin that will not be forgiven. Much has been written about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.. my thinking is that this sin is basically the sin of continually rejecting the convicting presence of the Holy Spirit as the Pharisees did in the gospels.

Come Holy Spirit. I need your presence in my life.

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