“Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31).
These solemn words of Jesus warn of a sin so terrible that it can never be forgiven. For those who believe in the grace of God, this poses a perplexing problem: How can any sin be so horrible that God will not forgive it?
Context - Question - Jesus - Boy - Deaf
The context helps answer that question. Jesus had just healed a demon‑possessed boy who was deaf and mute. All the people were astonished and wondered if Jesus was the promised Messiah. In order to stop such speculation, the Pharisees told the people that Jesus had done this miracle by the power of Beelzebub—that is, by the prince of demons.
This accusation reveals the monstrous evil inside the Pharisees. If they had said, “He’s just another miracle‑worker,” that wouldn’t have been as bad. If they had said, “He’s just a fake,” that would have been a terrible slam, but still not as bad. To accuse Christ of working miracles by the power of Beelzebub was to utterly reject his Messiahship and say that he was an agent of Satan. Not only were they turning the truth upside down, they were at the same time cutting themselves off from their only hope of salvation.
Furthermore, the Pharisees knew...
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