Revealing Words

Matthew 12:31-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who 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 age to come.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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Words spoken about “Son of Man” or Holy Spirit

  • Reveal who with Jesus and who is against Jesus v31-32
  • Reveal who belongs to the kingdom and who doesn’t v32
    {The unpardonable sin = continued rejection or lack of conviction of HS}
  • *Is Jesus “King” of your heart? Do you hear and obey His voice(Jn 10:4)? Are you convicted by HS?(Jn 16:8)

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A Tree Known by Its Fruit

  • Words reveal good trees/fruit or bad trees/fruit v33
  • The mouths speaks and reveals what is in hearts/character v34-35
    By your words you will be justified or condemned v36-37
  • *What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing?

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Colossians 4:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
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Proverbs 16:21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:31

  • blasphemy[988] = slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name

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From NetBible Mt 12:32

  • *The Unpardonable Sin = Three things must be kept in mind:
    (1) the nature of the sin is to ascribe what is the obvious work of the Holy Spirit (e.g., releasing people from Satan’s power) to Satan himself;
    (2) it is not simply a momentary doubt or sinful attitude, but is indeed a settled condition which opposes the Spirit’s work{conviction}, as typified by the religious leaders who opposed Jesus; and
    (3) a person who is concerned about it has probably never committed this sin, for those who commit it here (i.e., the religious leaders) are not in the least concerned about Jesus’ warning.

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From NetBible Mt 12:36

  • idle[692] = useless, lazy, ineffective, without work

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From NetBible Prov 16:21
The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.

  • prudent[0995] = to have discernment, insight, understanding, to teach/instruct
  • sweetness[04986] = pleasantness

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What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing? –Matthew 12:31-37

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