And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Comment: Beelzebul was an alternative name for Satan. Jesus highlights the stupidity of Him being accused of being a Satanic agent when He drives out demons thus restoring people to health. A divided kingdom falls. In fact He, Jesus, is stronger than Satan and has by overcoming the devil the right to plunder the devil’s property, that is rescue people from the devil’s control. He is healing people because He is the victor in this other world play of power. We see the results of the life of the other (spirit) world in His marvellous healings but much of the goings on there is hidden from us!
He says sins are able to forgiven, even blasphemy, but calling the Holy Spirit who in-dwelt Him, Beelzebul, is going far too far. That is unforgivable!
Prayer: Help me to guard the gates of my tongue, O God. I would not offend You.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. We know that Jesus always speaks the truth. And from reading the Scriptures, we know that the Religious Leaders always disagreed with Him and did not admit that He was speaking the truth. Yes, the Holy Spirit indwelt Jesus, and to say that He had an unclean spirit is blasphemous. Thank you for clarifying that for me. God bless you.