No Middle Ground


Sunday (8/27), gather with your church family as we turn our attention to Matthew 12:22-37. Jesus, who had just delivered a man from a demon that had made him blind and mute, was accused of being in league with Satan. This was the third time He had been charged (12:24), and unlike the other two (9:34; 10:25), He responded.

The Pharisees, who had consistently attempted to badger, stumble, provoke, and stop the Son of God, found themselves in a predicament that would further enrage them. The reason? It wasn’t from Jesus striking out in uncontrollable anger.

Instead, in His typical manner of gentleness and kindness, He showed the impracticability of their line of thinking.

He went through a series of questions that, if they had been willing to consider and answer, would have opened their eyes to the reality that He was the One who fulfilled a promise God had made to King David (2 Samuel 7:12-14).

By doing so, He revealed the darkness of their heart and pulled back for all to see how they had been leading the nation, whom God had called them to be their shepherds, in a direction that would lead them to their eternal demise. Jesus didn’t do this to humiliate them but in an attempt to save them.

Therefore, Jesus, who didn’t want any of them to perish (2 Peter 3:9), warned if they continued in their unbelief and accusation that He was in league with Satan, they would cross a line in which they would not be able to return (12:31-32).

This is true for anyone presented with the claims of Jesus Christ. When irrefutable evidence is given regarding His person and purpose, one must decide if they believe or not believe.
For, there is no such thing as not making a decision. Because Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (12:30).

This is the purpose of Matthew’s gospel. Beginning with chapter one and continuing through chapter twenty-eight, the evangelist presents one Old Testament prophecy after another to prove once and for all that Jesus of Nazareth is the anointed One of God, who has come to save the lost (18:11).

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website:

In His Strong Love,

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