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Watch Your Words      Matt. 12:22-37     Oct. 07, 2007

Have you noticed some people do not have to know what they are talking about in order to express an 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 of David!"

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 demons."

Intelligent Words Producing . . Sensible Observations. 12:25-26
        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
kingdom stand?

D.    Intelligent Words Producing . . Significant Observations. 12:27-29
7 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!" The Pharisees 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 Lord further teaches as He uses a significant question to answer their accusation.

2.     Watch Your Words Seek To Make Them . . Inspiring Words. 12:30-32

A.    Inspiring 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.

B.   Inspiring Words Not . . Blaspheming the Lord. 12:31-32
        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.

      It 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 draw men 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 for me.

3.    Watch Your Words Seek To Make Them . . Influential Words. 12:33-37

A.    Influential Words . . Exhibiting Good Fruit. 12:33-35
3 "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
of evil.

B.    Influential Words . . Exposed At Judgment. 12:36-37 
6 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 be condemned

       I 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!