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All sins will be forgiven except for those that blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying that Christ is possessed by the devil
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, Th.D.
Homily of Monday, Third Week of the Year, January 24, 2022
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10, Psalm 88 (89), Mark 3:22-30

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“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He [Jesus] 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 the kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if the 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 sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’ – for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit’” (Mark 3:22-30).



Jesus was sent into the world by God to forgive our sins, “for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). He does this by entering Satan’s house, the world, and binds him and plunders his kingdom, releasing his captives, namely repentant sinners who believe in Christ. This is a sign that the kingdom of God has come upon us, for “If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:28).



There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jesus was casting out demons. Everyone saw him do it, and they saw these people relieved and transformed. Even Jesus’ bitterest enemies, the scribes, who were trying to catch him in everything he said, did not dare deny that he cast out demons, for if they did, they knew the people would laugh them to scorn, for they all saw him do it.



In fact, the scribes themselves publicly claimed that Jesus cast out demons, but to discredit him they said “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons” (Mark 3:22).Jesus’ casting out demons greatly enhanced his standing in the eyes of the people but enraged the scribes, because they could not deny his miraculous exorcisms, and so their own standing as enemies of Jesus was sinking ever lower, as Jesus went about performing these exorcisms that they could not deny.



The only way they could discredit him was to say that he does it by the power of the devil, not by God. But this was a ridiculous claim that Jesus immediately publicly refuted, making the scribes look foolish for claiming it.



What is the work of Satan, and what is the work of the Messiah, who is Jesus. Jesus’ work is to cast out demons from people in order to justify them, sanctify them, and make them a new creation. Would Satan give Jesus the power to do this and so destroy everything that Satan himself wants to do, which is to oppose God’s Messiah?



“Since Satan, who is so cunning and crafty, can never be thought to act such an opposite part to himself, subversive of his kingdom and government; and which would give so much credit to Christ, and serve so much to strengthen his interest, as to assist him in the casting out of devils; the weakness, and maliciousness of such a suggestion, must be clear and evident to all” (John Gill, 1697-1771 on Matthew 12:24-32).



Why would Satan want to help Jesus the Messiah? Satan sends demons into people to lead them away from God and to perdition. How could Satan now be casting out demons from people to free them from Satan and make them holy and able to serve God and receive forgiveness of their sins? He would be working against himself and destroying his own kingdom. So this blasphemy of the scribes is a foolish and ridiculous suggestion, which surely all the people there immediately realized.



Truly, Christ has come into the world to free us from the clutches of Satan, and Jesus’ casting out so many demons with just a word of command is a sign that the kingdom of God has come upon us (Matthew 12:28). Jesus did not just cast out demons in Palestine during his public ministry, but this is something that he continues to do today. He continues to free people from the clutches of Satan. This great salvation began in power during Jesus’ public ministry and is a sign to us of what he does to all who put their faith in him.



Our sins are only forgiven through Christ, through his death on the cross that enabled the all-just God to justly forgive our sins without violating his nature as all just. Being all just means that all sins must be justly punished. And God must always do this, because he cannot change his nature as an all-just God.



But since God is also all merciful, he devised a plan whereby he can forgive the worst and grossest as well as the lightest of sins of all of us everywhere by sending his Son to become a man to be our proxy to suffer our death sentence for our sins for us. Hence God remains all just when he forgives all who put their faith in his Son and sincerely repent and intend to immediately amend their life, because our faith in Christ enables God to credit our account with Christ’s death on the cross as punishment for our sins. So our sins are justly punished, and God justly forgives them through our faith in Christ.



God remains all just, because our sins have been fully, duly, and justly punished in the flesh of Christ on the cross (Romans 8:3-4), and this is applied to all who put their faith in him and sincerely repent. This is what Christ came into the world to do. The world is the house of Satan. Jesus came into Satan’s house to bind him and release his captives.



How did he do this? St. Paul tells us, “And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he [Jesus] has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, provided that you continue in the faith” (Colossians 1:21-23).



Christ has reconciled us by his death so that we could be “holy and blameless and irreproachable before him” (Colossians 1:22). His death punished our sins. In other words, God punished our sins in Christ’s flesh (Romans 8:3-4) on the cross. He did this so that he wouldn’t have to punish our sins in us forever in hell. It is our faith in Christ that enables God to apply this personally to us.



St. Paul says, “Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man [Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39). Jesus’ casting out demons is a visible emblem or picture of what he continues to do to those that put their faith in him. So ministers of the gospel today proclaim that through Jesus is the forgiveness of your sins. You can be liberated if you believe.



Jesus says today, “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men” (Mark 3:28). “To the man who is alive to his own sinfulness and deeply sensible of his need of mercy, these words are sweet and precious. ‘All sins shall be forgiven.’ The sins of youth and age – the sins of head, and hand, and tongue, and imagination – the sins against all God’s commandments – the sins of persecutors, like Saul [St. Paul] – the sins of idolaters, like Manasseh – the sins of open enemies of Christ, like the Jews who crucified Him – the sins of backsliders from Christ, like Peter – all, all may be forgiven. The blood of Christ can cleanse all away. The righteousness of Christ can cover all, and hide all from God’s eyes” (JC Ryle, 1816-1900).



“The doctrine here laid down is the crown and glory of the Gospel. The very first thing it proposes to man is free pardon, full forgiveness, complete remission, without money and without price. ‘Through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him all that believe are justified from all things’ (Acts 13:39) (JC Ryle).



“We may sometimes feel faint, and unworthy, and cast down. But if we have really come to Jesus by faith, our sins are fully forgiven. They are cast behind God’s back – blotted out of the book of His remembrance – sunk into the depths of the sea. Let us believe and not be afraid” (JC Ryle).



Now we are ready to understand why Jesus says, “‘But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’ – for they [the scribes] had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit’” (Mark 3:29-30).



The spirit that works in Jesus is the Holy Spirit. If you want your sins forgiven, God forgives them through Jesus’ death on the cross through the power of the Holy Spirit, when you put your faith in him. But if you believe that Jesus is possessed by Beelzebul, and that it is the devil that gives Jesus the power to cast out demons, then you have rejected God’s way of forgiving you, and you will remain with your sins forever. Remember what the scribes said, “He [Jesus] is possessed by Beelzebul [Satan], and by the prince of demons he casts out demons” (Mark 3:22).



So if you want forgiveness of your sins, you need to have faith in Christ. If you believe that he is possessed by the devil, you do not have faith in Christ, and therefore you have no way of having your sins forgiven, but have an eternal sin, namely blaspheming the Holy Spirit, calling him Beelzebul, that is, Satan.

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