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?
- 12:31 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.
- 12:41 "rise up in judgement" - another statement of the special
nature of the revelation received by those of Jesus' day, and their
- 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"
- 12:50 The family of God