12:22-37 Oct. 07, 2007
Have you noticed some
people do not have to know what they are talking about in order to
opinion? On one occasion I asked a small group why that happened so
much, and I got the answer. "Those
people are not limited or confused by the facts." I wish those kinds of
people would watch their words and it
further tell me, Watch Your Words.
1. Watch Your Words
Seek To Make Them . . Intelligent Words. 12:22-29
A. Intelligent Words
Producing . . Suggestive Observations. 12:22-23
22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to speak
was brought to Him. He healed him, so that
the man could both speak and see. 23 And all the crowds were astounded
and said, "Perhaps this is the Son
B. Intelligent Words Not Producing .
. Senseless Observations. 12:24
24 When the Pharisees heard this, they said, "The
man drives out demons only by • Beelzebul, the ruler of the
C. Intelligent Words Producing . . Sensible
25 Knowing their thoughts, He told them: "Every
kingdom divided against itself is headed for
destruction, and no city
or house divided against itself will stand. 26 If Satan drives out
Satan, he is divided
against himself. How then will his
D. Intelligent Words
Producing . . Significant Observations. 12:27-29
27 And if I drive out demons by
Beelzebul, who is it your sons drive them out by? For this reason they
will be your judges. 28 If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God,
then the kingdom of God has come
to you. 29 How can someone enter a strong
man's house and steal his possessions unless he first ties
up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
Intelligent words are suggested from the
brilliant works of the Lord. Do you remember Isaiah
prophesied that the Messiah would give sight to the blind? Think about
it; no one else in the New
Testament caused the blind to gain or regain their sight.
(I do not think Paul was blind in this manner.) Put
those two facts together and you will say like the people in our text, "Perhaps
this is the Son of David!"
came out with a different conclusion and we can justly titled
it, "Senseless." To this senseless
observation Jesus makes a sensible observation that identifies the
Pharisees thinking as ridiculous. The
further teaches as He uses a significant question to answer their
2. Watch Your Words Seek
To Make Them . . Inspiring Words. 12:30-32
Words . . Beckoning Others To The Lord. 12:30
30 Anyone who is not with Me is
against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.
Inspiring Words Not . . Blaspheming the
31 Because of this, I tell you, people will be
forgiven every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against
the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the
Son of Man, it will be forgiven
him. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be
forgiven him, either in this age or
in the one to come.
will be good if God uses our words to beckon others to Christ. The
Pharisees scattered away from
Christ, and since their words did not come from the Lord, but from
Satan, they blasphemed the Holy Spirit. Why can't this type of
blasphemy be forgiven? One prominent ministry of the Holy Spirit is to
and women to Christ. If a person's words and actions negate the work of
the Holy Spirit then who will
prompt conviction of sin, or draw them to Christ? Since they do not
recognize the Spirit's work they will not
confess Christ as Lord and will not be forgiven. I think the set of
commentaries by Dr. B. H. Carroll titled,
The Interpretation Of The English Bible, made this clearer
3. Watch Your Words Seek To Make Them . .
Influential Words. 12:33-37
Influential Words . . Exhibiting Good Fruit. 12:33-35
33 "Either make the tree good and
its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known
by its fruit.
34 Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil?
For the mouth
speaks from the overflow of the heart.
35 A good man produces good things from his storeroom of
good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom
B. Influential Words . . Exposed At Judgment.
36 I tell you that on the day of
judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.
37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will
can look at an orange tree full of fruit and tell you it is an orange
tree. Same for any other kind of fruit
tree. When a Christian's lifestyle demonstrates Christ-like fruit most
will make the observation they are
Christians. What kind of fruit does a snake bring forth? Jesus called
these Pharisees a, "Brood of vipers." How do some claim to be ready for
judgement when they produce evil works? Today I read 67% say they
are ready for, and not afraid of death. If you could ask all of those
surveyed about Christ many would prove
they have a false security. The judgement will expose their false hope.
Their fruitless words and actions will
be condemned by the Lord. Certainly the scriptures tell each of us; Watch
Your Words. Amen? Amen!