The disciple’s life with Jesus was like following a “mobile kingdom of God”. Everywhere He went, He was displacing demonic strongholds and confronting bad doctrine and healing people broken by life. In Mark, chapter 3:20-30, He releases His disciples to do the same.
As one of His disciples, you are called to be a version of the “mobile kingdom of God”. Everywhere you go, you are displacing demonic strongholds and correcting bad doctrine and healing those who are broken.
Have you noticed how controversial Jesus’ life was?
His family thought He was out of His mind. The religious folk thought He did what He did through the power of Beelzebub – another name for the devil.
Yet, it took such devotion to bring about the freedom and authority of the kingdom of God.
In response to the accusation against Him that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan, Jesus gave a teaching that is important to us.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
These words are applicable in any instance: a home divided – a business divided – a church divided – a nation divided – a life divided.
When true division sets in, it takes authority to displace it. Jesus’ authority!
It doesn’t matter if two people say they are in the same family or members of the same group, nation or church: if one sees the other as the “devil”, it will take authority to displace division and restore unity.
Jesus was being called an agent of the devil as He performed His ministry. This accusation wasn’t coming from outside the “church” but from within!
Jesus called this type of accusation “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”.
What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and why did Jesus call it that?
Jesus used the term because they were saying of Him that He had an evil spirit and was under its influence.
“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” is conscious and hardened opposition to the truth, “because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6). Conscious and hardened resistance to the truth leads man away from humility and repentance, and without repentance there can be no forgiveness.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit calls a work it cannot control – in this instance God’s work – a work of the devil. It resists truth to hold onto an agenda. This prevents true conversion and is a roadblock to unity.
How can people who profess to serve the same God be so divided in their opinions?
- An ungodly agenda
Most of us start off with a desire to serve God. At some point, we will all be challenged to fight for an agenda that has motives that do not align with the motives of the Holy Spirit. The deception comes because we think they are the motives of the Spirit but if you truly ran them through the Word of God, you would find that they seek to promote a position that is in some way exalting a plan that is out of line with God’s word or His order.
- A lack of accountability
The scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees had begun to tailor the Word of God to fit their agenda. To do this, you must ignore certain parts of the Word and excuse your sin against other parts. They left behind true accountability to the Word and became a law unto themselves. When Jesus or anyone else for that matter (the case of the man healed who was born blind) tried to restore these leaders to the accountability of the Word, they became angry.
- A desire for self gratification and self exaltation
When you begin to pursue an ungodly agenda and are confronted by the Holy Spirit or someone in the Body about it, you have a choice: to return to the truth of the Word or to pursue your desire to be right and to get what you want. The scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees wanted to be looked at as God’s voice and His gift to the people. They fought for this desire at the expense of the truth. Their desire for self gratification and self exaltation affected their choices. Sometimes, we don’t have to have anyone else exalt us – we can do that just fine by ourselves.
- A desire for power/control
We often get angry at what we cannot control. Many who say they are working for God are actually angry at Him because He is not acting according to their desires. But of course, this is something that is hard to admit. So, eventually the person who has this desire becomes more and more isolated over time because they find nothing that will absolutely respond to their spiritual demands. They keep leaving things behind that are out of their control until it is just them and God. And often, they are mad at Him as well.
Just think: Jesus stays united with you despite all the things that you do that displease Him!
To have this unity among ourselves, we must truly love one another and put the good of the Kingdom of God before our own desires. There, the Lord commands His blessing!!