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