As a result of the Scripture in the Gospel of Matthew chapter twelve, I feel that the rejection of Jesus Christ as Messiah by the Jews in "that generation" was Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost and of course the unpardonable sin.
Christ in turn gave His message not only to the Jews but the Gentiles or "Whosoever" will come, may be received. I want to state very clearly that an individual in this Dispensation of Grace (Church age) cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost, because we are living in the day of "free" Grace.
As we continue our remarks from Matthew Chapter 12, Jesus related the account of a demon who left a man that he possessed on his own volition. But when he was unable to find a new body to possess and to control he returned to his original abode and found it swept and garnished, but also found it empty. The individual never filled his life again with the Holy Spirit.
Continuation from Matthew Chapter 12 on "The Life of Jesus" "Did Jesus Just Happen"
In verses 41-45, Christ continued to spell out the judgment of that generation. Notice how often the phrase "this generation" appears in this portion of Scripture. "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold a greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a an, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he said, I will return into my house from whence I came out;and when he is come he finds it empty, swept and garnished. then goeth hem and and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto "this wicked generation,"
As Christ continued with the words of judgment on "that generation", verse 41, He compared that with Nineveh and also in verse 42 compared them with the Queen of the South and showed how these would judge that generation, The people in both verses were Gentiles. They, with much less revelation to go on, responded without miracles, but "that generation" Israel (Jews) did not.
Then in verses 43-45, Christ showed through a parable what the final outcome of that generation would be.
Explanation of this in next weeks remarks.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
As we continue with with Life of Christ, "Did Jesus Just Happen".
We see in the Scripture that Jesus continues to perform miracles after chapter 12 of Matthew but His miracles after chapter 12 were not for the purpose of authenticating His person and message. The purpose for the miracles Jesus performed would be for the training of the twelve apostles for the ministry they would have to conduct as the result of the rejection of Christ being the Messiah. But, for "that generation" there would not be any sign but one: the sign of Jonah which is the sign of the Gospel, the death, burial, and resurrection. It is a sign that would come on three occasions: at the resurrection of Lazarus; At His own resurrection; and the resurrection of the two witnesses in the Tribulation.----(70th Week of Daniel) a period of time lasting seven years, immediately after the translation of the church into heaven or in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ which is in existence in this age or generation.
In Verses 41-45 of Matthew 12, Christ continued to spell out the judgment of that generation.
I know this week is very short but will continue next week in full. (Please forgive due to health problems)
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor