The Redeemed Life

a Christian blog cultivating spiritual growth

10 April

Two Warring Kingdoms – Luke 11:14-23

Luke 11:14-23 – Listen

14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he,knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

The Redeemed Mind – Learn

In this passage, Jesus once again comes in conflict with the Pharisees.  As Jesus continues to heal the sick, raise the dead, and free the demon possessed, the Pharisees attempt to slander Him by accusing Him of having miraculous power through an unholy association with Beelzebul, another name for the prince of demons, Satan.  Practicing black magic was a serious offense during Jesus’ day and would most likely lead to a death sentence from the Jewish Counsel.  Jesus then addresses the ignorance of their claim.  First, it would be completely illogical and irrational for Satan to be casting out demons because demons are actively doing Satan’s bidding.  Second, the other Jewish exorcists of the day would have to be guilty of the same crime, but Jesus clearly points out that they are singling Him out for a personal attack.

The Redeemed Heart – Worship

Jesus concludes this passage teaching about a “strong man.”  In this analogy, Jesus is equating the “strong man” with Satan, and what Jesus is teaching is that since He has already bested Satan in one-on-one combat, and has since then began to plunder his kingdom of darkness, bring more and more souls into the Kingdom of Light.  Jesus resisted every temptation that Satan could throw at Him during His 40 day testing in the wilderness, and ever since then, Jesus has progressively been advancing further and further into Satan’s stronghold, freeing soul after soul to live for Him.

Our hearts were created to adore Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Savior and Knight in shining armor.

The Redeemed Life – Grow

The last verse of this passage is a sobering reminder:  there is no middle ground when it comes to Jesus.  You can either be on His side and gather more souls into the Kingdom of Light.  Or you can be against Him, scattering souls, causing fear, anxiety and chaos.

Can you confidently say that you’re bringing more souls into God’s Kingdom?  Or is that a job you’re leaving for the “professionals”?  Jesus says if you’re with Him, then you’ll be like Him.  What opportunities has God placed before you to gather souls for heaven?  God has called you to a specific mission.  Embrace what He has prepared for you!

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