Coming of the King: Week 26
- 12:22 Again we see the spiritual origin of disease.
- 12:24 The Pharisees did not question the authenticity of the miracles.
Instead, they considered the healings an evil, even Satanic thing.
- 12:25 Does Jesus' argument apply to accusations of "false flag"
attacks in today's world?
- 12:30 You are influencing those around you, whether for good or bad.
- 12:31 The "unforgivable sin" is often a source of trouble to
some people. What is it? The following verses give
clues to interpretations.
- 12:32 "In this age or the age to come" - this language recalls
Matthew 11:20-24, where rejecting the Christ among
us in the flesh with undeniable signs and wonders was something
possible only during His 3 years of ministry.
"Speaks against the Holy Spirit." Dr. McGee points out
that when you reject forgiveness, you do not enjoy
- 12:34 "how can you, being evil, speak what is good?" This suggests
the idea of reprobation - this was not skepticism, but seeing
an essentially good thing (healing) as evil. They hated what was good,
and loved what was evil. A common saying with pastors is,
"If you are worried about the unforgiveable sin, you haven't
- 12:35 "the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure"
- this suggests the idea that spiritual blindness creates
a disordered perception where good things are experienced
as evil. Later, Jesus called them
and C. S. Lewis paints a picture of this in The Last Battle
with the Dwarfs who would not be taken in.
Good must be perceived to be experienced -
- 12:38 "we want to see a sign" - they had just seen many signs, that
they did not deny were supernatural signs, but perceived as demonic.
- 12:39 The descendents of Jonah's converts are the Assyrian people
and Assyrian Church of the East today. They also claim to be
first to receive Christ in the first century, as they
were looking for the sign of Jonah.
- 12:41 "rise up in judgement" - another statement of the
special nature of the revelation received by those of Jesus' day, and
their greater responsibility.
- 12:45 "the last state of that man becomes worse than the first" -
healing or blessing without faith does actual harm - think
of the bruised and bleeding Dwarfs after the feast provided
by Aslan. "Everything that is not from faith is sin"
- 12:46 Mark tells us that Jesus' family had come to "take custody
- 12:50 The family of God
Summary of views on the Unpardonable Sin
- If you are worried about the unforgiveable sin, you haven't
- You can't experience forgiveness when you reject forgiveness.
- Only those rejecting the ministry of Jesus in the flesh could commit it.
- Perceiving good as evil is a sign of reprobation.