This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our series entitled “The Messiah’s Mission,” by looking at Matthew 12:22-37. Here, Jesus is accused of casting out demons by the power of Satan, but offers a stern rebuke of this and some words about what has come to be known as the unforgivable sin. I explored what that unforgivable sin really is, and also the significance of our words in showing forth who we really are.
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25)
Jesus’ Power Over Demons
The reality of demonic powers and Satan’s kingdom
- the effects upon this man (12:22)
- the reality of Satan’s kingdom (12:26)
The work of Jesus in relation to these powers
- healing (12:22)
- driving out demons (12:27)
- kingdom of God breaking in (12:28)
- tying up the strong man and restoring house (12:29)
Jesus’ Power and the Unforgiveable Sin
- Jesus delivers by the power of God’s Spirit (12:28)
- Jesus’ deliverance divides humanity (12:30)
- Jesus’ work and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (12:31-32)
Jesus and the Significance of Words
- Our words come from within (12:33-35)
- Our words reflect who we are (12:35)
- Our words define whose we are (12:36-37)
Making It Real
- Acknowledge Jesus as Lord over all, including demonic powers.
- Trust in the victory of Jesus and the Cross.
- Be aware of and beware the power of our words.
This week dig deeper into Jesus’ power and authority over all things, including the spiritual, in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 12:28 or 12:31.
- Explore Jesus’ ministry of deliverance in the Gospel of Matthew: 4:24; 8:16; 8:28-34; 9:32-35; 10:1, 8; 11:4-5; 15:21-28; 17:14-20.
- Watch the Bible Project video, “The Satan and Demons”
- Read one of the following articles on the unforgivable sin:
- “Committing the Unforgivable Sin” by Marianne Meye Thompson
- “What is the Unforgivable Sin? What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?” by Kenneth Berding