If Satan forces Satan out, he is divided against himself. How, then, can his kingdom last? 27
If I force demons out of people with the help of Beelzebul, who helps your followers force them out? That's why they will be your judges. 28
But if I force demons out with the help of God's Spirit, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 29
How can anyone go into a strong man's house and steal his property? First he must tie up the strong man. Then he can go through his house and steal his property.
30"Whoever isn't with me is against me. Whoever doesn't gather with me scatters.
31So I can guarantee that people will be forgiven for any sin or cursing. However, cursing the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in this world or the next.
33"Make a tree good, and then its fruit will be good. Or make a tree rotten, and then its fruit will be rotten. A person can recognize a tree by its fruit. 34You poisonous snakes! How can you evil people say anything good? Your mouth says what comes from inside you. 35Good people do the good things that are in them. But evil people do the evil things that are in them. 36"I can guarantee that on judgment day people will have to give an account of every careless word they say. 37By your words you will be declared innocent, or by your words you will be declared guilty."
38Then some scribes and Pharisees said, "Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign." 39He responded, "The people of an evil and unfaithful era look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will get is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40Just as Jonah was in the belly of a huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 41The men of Nineveh will stand up with you at the time of judgment and will condemn you, because they turned to God and changed the way they thought and acted when Jonah spoke his message. But look, someone greater than Jonah is here! 42The queen from the south will stand up at the time of judgment with you. She will condemn you, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear Solomon's wisdom. But look, someone greater than Solomon is here!
43"When an evil spirit comes out of a person, it goes through dry places looking for a place to rest. But it doesn't find any. 44Then it says, 'I'll go back to the home I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and in order. 45Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself. They enter and take up permanent residence there. In the end the condition of that person is worse than it was before. That is what will happen to the evil people of this day."
46While Jesus was still talking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside. They wanted to talk to him. 47Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to talk to you." 48He replied to the man speaking to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 49Pointing with his hand at his disciples, he said, "Look, here are my mother and my brothers. 50Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants is my brother and sister and mother."