Studies in the Gospel of Mark- Chapter 3 Part 2
III. The POWER of the Kingdom
A. 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.” (Mark 3:22-30)
A. Here we see a strategy that the enemy employs always when withstanding those seeking to lead. He seeks to accuse and causes doubt in the minds of those who would want to follow. It seems as if the religious accusers were standing on the outskirts of the crowd making accusations instead of to Jesus’ face.
B. Understanding that this chapter introduces the idea of two kingdoms opposed to one another, We see Jesus dealing with their accusation as not making any sense; since a kingdom divided is in Civil War and it shortly will fail. If that were true then they should be rejoicing that the devil’s kingdom was crumbling from within.
C. The accusation concerning Jesus was about the origin of His power and authority. They accused him of having power from Beelzebub. Beelzebub was the leader or prince of the demonic world. Beelzebub literally means “lord of the house” and later it was considered to be “lord of the flies”. The accusers did have it right though, for there are only two powers that would be in charge of demons, either God or Beelzebub. They refused to believe that Jesus was God so they chose to believe and accuse him of being filled with Beelzebub.
IV. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit
A. Now we turn our attention to one of the most troubling passages of Scripture in the New Testament. Jesus declares he who blasphemes the Holy Spirit has committed an unpardonable sin. It is apparent that the scribes who were saying Jesus’ power and authority came from Beelzebub were attributing the power of the Holy Spirit to the devil. Therefore, Jesus says you can blaspheme against the Father and blaspheme against the Son, and these sins can be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit has committed an eternal sin. It seems as if Jesus has elevated the Holy Spirit, (to a higher designation in comparison to the Father and the Son) in the God-Head because you cannot be forgiven if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit.
B. For us to understand what it means to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, we must first understand the terms used in the passage.
i.Blaspheme-blasphēmeō-to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme.
In other words to libel someone. to say things of someone or something that is not true.
ii.Never Has Forgiveness-echo,ou,eis,aion,aphesis- “Shall never hold or grasp forgiveness”
iii.Guilty of an eternal sin-enochos, aionios, hamartematos (Revised) or krisis (Textus Receptus) He who speaks wrongly of the Holy Spirit shall never hold or grasp forgiveness but shall be liable for an age-long sin.
C.”Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil. Mark 3-28-30 (The Message)
D. Forgiveness is the undoing of the Kingdom of Darkness. With one act of forgiveness, chains of sin, guilt, and condemnation can be broken off in succession in many different lives. The Unpardonable Sin is undoubtedly unpardonable, in one way, since it keeps the blasphemer from recognizing the true origin of the Agent of Conviction thereby keeping him from receiving the Act of Forgiveness. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1John 3:8)
E. If you are concerned whether you have committed the Unpardonable Sin you haven’t since you wouldn’t be concerned with your relationship with Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Even the guys in Mark 3 who were saying it were receiving the warning about the sin from Jesus. Later we discover that many may have since they continued in their denial of Jesus’ Holy mission.
IV. The King’s Family
A. And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:31-35)
B. Even His family was coming to check on His condition. Even though it is believed Jesus was related to around 5 of His apostles, the mission was not about a clan or a earthly familial status.
C.The King has a family. In this passage we see that Jesus did not elevate people in His family through their blood relationship. The criterion for relationship with the Son of God is doing the Will of God. Jesus was concerned about His mother(even at the Cross He was arranging for her needs to be met), but here we see that she did not have an elevated status apart from doing the Will of God.
D. You too can be a part of His Family by hearing, believing, obeying the WORD and WILL OF GOD.