Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” -John 10:19-21 NRSV

I think that we have always had a tendency to mock what we do not understand. Modern Pentecostals are sometimes derided for their belief in spiritual gifts. Folks who disagree with other believers sometimes call them heretics. And here some Jews called Jesus crazy and demonized. Yet standing before them was a man who only did good to people.

I think that we would do well to learn from this passage. Perhaps we could focus more on the spiritual fruit in a person's life rather than our theological differences? Instead of holding conferences that focus on our disagreements maybe we should find ways to inspire each other to love and good works? In the end, what we say about others is our choice.

Teach us Lord to see past our differences and find Jesus in each other.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. I don't mock modern Pentecostals for believing in spiritual gifts. Crowing like roosters, barking like dogs, maniacal laughter and abusing the gifts - I don't mock, but I do have issues.

    But the differences are important, and if we don't discuss them, we can get things wrong. A former church of mine dealt with a "modern Pentecostal" church - they happened to be anti-Trinitarian (Oneness Pentecostal) and these things are important. Just me, of course.

    1. Thanks for the comment MzEllen. I have been around Pentecostals (mostly Assemblies of God type churches) for 40 years and have seen strange things but have never witnessed people crowing like roosters or barking like dogs. But I do understand that stereotype.

      I second the idea of discussing the differences and think that the Oneness folks are not the norm for Pentecostals. I feel that truth probably lies somewhere in between those who overemphasize spiritual gifts and those who think they all died out with the apostles.

      Blessings to you for a great weekend!


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