Friday April 16 2021
text Matthew 12: 22-37
Theme: Consider What You Say
To consider what you say means to be careful with your words and utterances. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. For he who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit ( 1 Peter 3 verse 10). In today’s Bible passage, the religious leaders continue with wrong and unfounded allegations against Jesus. Surprisingly, their reaction to Jesus’ awesome display of power and authority in healing the man is accusations of sorcery. They said:
this fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons (verse 24).
Although, Jesus is gentle he is firm. He will not fail to teach right doctrines and reprove errors. Hence, he elaborately shows the pharisees the error of their speech and the attending fatal consequences. In verses 30 to 32 he says:
every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the sin against the holy spirit will not be forgiven men…
The holy spirit’ main ministry is to testify of Jesus. (Jn 15 vs 26). Therefore to reject the testimony of the holy spirit about Jesus is fatal. Moreover, this blasphemy usually manifests in a certain disposition of life that completely rejects the divinity and Lordship of Jesus.
What is more?
Out of the abundances of the heart the mouth speaks (vs 34)
This buttresses the point that we should carefully consider our words before we utter them. For we shall give account of every idle word we have ever spoken.(vs 36) Therefore let your speech always be with Grace seasoned with salt (Col 4:6) so that it will minister Grace to the hearers ( Eph 4 :29).
To this end let Romans 10 verse 9 guide us. Confess Jesus always even in your everyday mundane activities. For confessing him unashamedly makes your salvation complete. Begin to confess him today and you will never fall into the error of the unpardonable sin.