And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.” —Mark 3:22-30

What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? I have run into believers from time to time who believe they have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, but what was Jesus talking about when He said this?

In the context above the teachers of the law from Jerusalem were saying that “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” These teachers of the law were saying that Jesus had “an impure spirit.” They were attributing the power that Jesus had to Satan and not to the Holy Spirit. They were saying Jesus was possessed by “the prince of demons”— Beelzebul. This is the sin that will never be forgiven.

Jesus was talking to unsaved people, not saved people. This is the context. Those who have truly trusted Jesus rejoice in their Savior and the power of the Holy Spirit. Those who do not want to trust Jesus will not yield to the Holy Spirit and speak against Him. Believers seek to yield to Him. Only those who have the Holy Spirit can truly say that “Jesus is Lord” and “no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed” (I Corinthians 12:3). So brother and sister, let us yield to what God’s Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives through the authority of His Son. So be it!

Dear Father, I thank You for Jesus my Lord and Your Holy Spirit given to me that I might know You and live for You. I could not do this in my own strength and I thank You that He empowers me to live for You. May I yield to Him more and more in the authority of Jesus.

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