THE HOLY SPIRIT (Lesson Fourteen)

                                                 THE HOLY SPIRIT (Lesson Fourteen)
                                              The Third View of Blasphemy Of The Spirit

    Review and Introduction
            A.  Blasphemy against the Spirit is speaking against or speaking evil of the Holy
                  Spirit.  Matthew 12:32
            B.  The sin will never be forgiven and is the only sin described in this way.
            C.  We have already focused on two views of the unforgiveable sin:  1) Reaching a
                  condition in which the heart is so hardened that it is beyond repentance.  2) Refusing
                  to accept and obey God’s plan of salvation.

   VII.  A third view

           C.  Attributing the miracles Jesus performed to the power of satan (Beelzebub).
                 Matthew 12:24 (713); Mark 3:22 (733)

                 1.  Matthew 12:22-32 (713)
                 2.  Jesus healed a demon-possessed man. V22
                 3.  Some asked if He could be the son of David? V23
                 4.  The Pharisees and scribes who heard said He cast out demons by Beelzebub. V24
                 5.  The response that Jesus gave was in three parts.

                      a.  A kingdom , city or family that is divided against itself can’t continue to
                           exist. V25-26
                      b.  Jesus asked by whom their sons cast out demons. V27
                      c.  Jesus asked how someone could steal from a strong man without binding the
                           man.  Bit by bit Jesus was binding satan. 
                 6.  Jesus said in V31b:

                      Every sin and blasphemy well be forgiven, but the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
                 7.  What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?  Mark 3:28-30,22  An unclean spirit
                      means demonic. V22

                      a.  When the Pharisees and scribes attributed the miracles performed by Jesus to
                           the power of satan and not the power of the Holy Spirit, THEY COMMITTED
                           THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.

                 8.  Can someone commit the unforgiveable sin today?  NO.  1 Peter 2:22-24 (896);
                      2 Cor. 5:17-21 (854).
                      a.  Christians have contacted the blood of Christ (Romans 6:3-6; 1 John 1:7).