“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven –Â except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never beÂ forgiven. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven,Â but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never beÂ forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.”Â – (Matthew 12:31-32)
The Lord made clear that there was a fundamental differenceÂ between rejecting Jesus and attributing his power to Satan. WhyÂ would Satan destroy himself? He wouldn’t. In fact, if Satan couldÂ stop Jesus, he would. But as the Son of God, empowered by God’sÂ Holy Spirit, Satan does not have the power to stop Jesus.
Jesus isÂ delivering people from the power of sin, death, and hell. No otherÂ power, but the very power of God in the Holy Spirit, could do suchÂ wonderful things (Matt. 12:25-29). To attribute such power to theÂ evil one is to blaspheme the Spirit of God who is bringing theÂ deliverance of God to the broken and the lost. As Nicodemus said inÂ his encounter with Jesus, “We know that you are a teacher who hasÂ come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing ifÂ God were not with him” (John 3:2).
Prayer : O Father, I recognize that Jesus’ awesome teaching and amazingÂ miracles happened because of his allegiance to you as he wasÂ empowered by the Holy Spirit. I am thankful that this same power isÂ at work in my life. I am comforted to know that Jesus has sent theÂ Holy Spirit to live within me and to be at work in my life. InÂ Jesus’ name I thank you and praise you. Amen.