Matthew, Chapter 12
Matt.12:22 "Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind,
and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake
and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the
son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow
doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided
against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is
divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I
by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?
therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how
can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he
first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that
is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me
scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy
Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word
against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to come."
After having accused the Lord and his disciples of breaking the Sabbath,
then the Pharisees accused the Lord of casting out devils by Beelzebub,
the prince of the devils. Beelzebub is another name for Satan and is
defined as "dung god." The Lord responded to them by showing the utter
foolishness of their accusation. He said, "Every kingdom divided against
itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against
itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided
against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?" If Satan were
casting out Satan, then he would be divided against himself and he would
be causing his own kingdom to fall. History has recorded for us the
accuracy of the words of Jesus. When a kingdom is divided it will
ultimately fall from within. When a house is divided against itself,
that house will fall. Thus, the accusation that Christ was casting out
devils through the prince of the devils was utterly foolish.
Next, the Lord turned the accusation back on the Pharisees: "if I by
Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?
therefore they shall be your judges." The Lord showed us that if the
prince of the devils had the power to cast out devils, then by whom did
the children of the Pharisees cast them out. Therefore, there own
children would be the judge that would find the accusations of the
"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God
is come unto you." After having proved the absurdity of their
accusation, the Lord went to the only viable means by which he cast out
devils, and that is by the Spirit of God. Since Jesus was casting out
devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God had come unto the
children of Israel. Rather than rejoicing that the kingdom had come,
they were hurling wicked and false accusations against the Lord.
"Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his
goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his
house." The Lord is the one who entered into the strong man's house (Beezebub)
and spoiled his goods (cast out devils). It was necessary that Christ be
stronger than Satan (which of course he is as the Son of God) and then
binds him. Satan was bound in that he is unable to stop any of the works
of the Lord or to keep him from accomplishing what he came to do.
"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me
scattereth abroad." The Lord pointed out to us that these religious
leaders of the Jews were not with him, but against him. Since they were
not gathering with him, they were obviously scattering abroad. It is
important for us to understand that many religious leaders of the day
are just like the Pharisees of the bible day. They are opposed to the
true religion of Jesus Christ, even though they fain to be a part of it.
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be
forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be
forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of
man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in
the world to come." The word, blasphemy, means evil speaking or railing.
The Pharisees had blasphemed against the Holy Ghost. They had accused
the Lord of having cast out devils by Beelzebub. They had equated the
work of the Holy Ghost to the work of Satan.
The Lord said that the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost would not be
forgiven men, neither in this world nor in the world to come.
Misunderstanding of this statement has caused great worry in the hearts
of some of God's children when they think that they may have committed
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. When considering the application of
the Lord's statement there are a few fundamental truths that we should
1. All of the sins of the elect are forgiven them: Rom. 8:33 "Who shall
lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that
is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us." Thus, every sin that the elect ever commit is
covered by the blood of Jesus and is forgiven by the God of Glory.
2. None of the sins of the non-elect are ever forgiven them before the
bar of justice of a Just and Holy God. The wages of sin is death. Since
Christ did not die for the non-elect, their sins are not forgiven. Not
even one of their sins is ever forgiven by God.
3. The word translated world in the above passage is "aion" meaning age.
4. If what is meant by "neither in this world, neither in the world to
come" is the time world we now live in and the eternal world to which we
go after this time world is over, then we may conclude that it would be
impossible for one of the elect to commit the blasphemy against the Holy
5. If what is meant by "neither in this world, neither in the world to
come" is the "law age" and the "gospel age" then it has application to
the Jews under the law and to God's people in the church. Under the law
to blasphemy the Holy Ghost would result in the person being taken out
and stoned to death. There would be no forgiveness there. In the church
if a person blasphemed against the Holy Ghost by denying the works of
the Holy Ghost, then he would be excluded from the church and not be
taken back into membership. This also would amount to no forgiveness of
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost by the church.
Since I have struggled with the meaning of this in the past, I will
leave it up to the readers to determine which of the above is the
Matt. 12:33 "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make
the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his
fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good
things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A
good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good
things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil
Several times in the scriptures the Lord has pointed out to us that only
a good tree can bring forth good fruit:
1. Matt. 7:17 "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring
forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
2. Luke 6:43 "For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither
doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known
by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble
bush gather they grapes."
3. Luke 3:9 "And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees:
every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
and cast into the fire."
A man must be good in order to do good. You cannot do good unless you
are already good. Good fruit only comes from a good tree. Likewise, good
works only come from a good man. Only the Lord can make a man good. He
does this through the new birth. When the Lord causes a man to be born
again, he then possesses a good nature by which he can do good.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, temperance and meekness. A person must first be born of
the Spirit before he can bear the above fruit in his life.
Before a person is born of the Spirit he possesses only an evil nature
and can only produce evil fruit. The works of the flesh are "adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like." This is the only fruit
that a person can bear before he is born of the Spirit.
The Lord called the generation of the Pharisees and Sadducees a
generation of vipers:
1. Matt. 3:7 "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come
to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath
warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
2. Mat 23:33 "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape
the damnation of hell?
3. Luke 3:7 "Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be
baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee
from the wrath to come?"
A viper is a poisonous snake. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were like
poisonous snakes and the only works they could prduce came from an evil
heart and were, therefore, evil works.