A House Divided Cannot Stand

Do we have blanket immunity from Satan’s invasion? No, that protection is conditional on our responsible participation in God’s plan for our protection. Dr. Unger writes: “The Holy Spirit indwelling the believer, ungrieved by sin (Eph 4:30) and unquenched by disobedience ( … More

Demons

 

After seeing Jesus cast out a demon, He was accused by some of doing it in Satan’s power. They even said that He was possessed by Satan himself (vv. 14-16).

Jesus answered their charges with two basic arguments:

  1. Their accusation was illogical - It would be ridiculous for Satan to drive out his own demons.  Why would he fight against himself (vv. 17-18)?
  2. Their accusation was really an admission of His power - When their followers drove out demons they claimed it was done by the power of God. Since Jesus cast out demons it too must be done by His power (vv. 19-20).
Jesus then gives them a parable of a strong man and a stronger man. It seems that the strong man refers to Satan and the stronger man to Christ (vv. 21-22). The point is that Jesus, the stronger one, has the right to  divide the spoils, or in this case to cast out devils. Jesus goes on to state that it is impossible to be neutral in the battle between Christ and Satan. We must make a choice, and if we choose to make no choice, we are really choosing against Christ. He illustrated this by telling the story of the man and the demon (vv. 23-26). He was illustrating an unfortunate human tendency. Our desire to reform often does not last long. It is not enough to be emptied of evil; we must then be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s new purpose.

Application

 

This parable shows the battle going on between God and Satan. It points out what will happen to me if I try to remain neutral.

Luke 11:14-26 (English Standard Version)

Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons," while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first."

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