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Lesson # Matt. 12:26-29
Study Material - Matt. 12:26-29
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26 And [kai] if [ei] Satan [Satanas] cast out [ekballo] Satan [Satanas] , he is divided [merizo] against [epi] himself [heautou] ; how [pos] shall [histemi] then [oun] his [autos] kingdom [basileia] stand [histemi] ?
27 And [kai] if [ei] I [ego] by [en] Beelzebub [Beelzeboul] cast out [ekballo] devils [daimonion] , by [en] whom [tis] do your [humon] children [huios] cast them out [ekballo] ? therefore [touto] [dia] they [autos] shall be [esomai] your [humon] judges [krites] .
28 But [de] if [ei] I [ego] cast out [ekballo] devils [daimonion] by [en] the Spirit [pneuma] of God [theos] , then [ara] the kingdom [basileia] of God [theos] is come [phthano] unto [epi] you [humas] .
29 Or [e] else how [pos] can [dunamai] one [tis] enter [eiserchomai] into [eis] a strong man's [ischuros] house [oikia] , and [kai] spoil [diarpazo] his [autos] goods [skeuos] , except [ean me] he first [proton] bind [deo] the strong man [ischuros] ? and [kai] then [tote] he will spoil [diarpazo] his [autos] house [oikia] . KJV-Interlinear
26 'And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? 27 'And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Consequently they shall be your judges. 28 'But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 'Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. NAS
In order of brilliance the trinity is at the top of knowledge. God is omniscient and therefore knows all that is knowable, and all that is possible. Satan, formerly known as Lucifer prior to his fall, is the next in line in IQ. Satan however falls far short of Gods wisdom. Though Satan is extremely smart, he is not omniscient. He cannot know beyond his own ability even though his ability is far beyond that of mankind.
Other angels come next in their ability to know and understand, and mankind comes in at a very distant fourth place (God, Satan, all the rest of the angels, then man). Other animals are as far back behind mans level of intelligence as man is behind the angels.
So Satan is a very powerful and strong individual. Unfortunately he uses his smarts for the purpose of deceiving, and lying, and destroying rather than for good. He is no fool. Satan would not uses his own forces to destroy himself. Therefore the work of Christ in running demons out of people cannot be from the design and direction of Satan.
If this were the case, then the 'sons' of the Pharisees, who attempt with limited success, to exorcise demons out of people, are from the same master - Satan. So the Pharisees are now hypocrites in that if Jesus is accused of being from Satan, when He is successful in casting out demons, then the attempts of the Pharisees are from Satan as well. Or, if the casting out of demons by Jesus is from God, then the criticism of the Pharisees is faulty and Jesus is truly from God, therefore the Messiah, therefore the Son of God, therefore the True King to come, therefore the ruler of all that exists (including the Sabbath).
Jesus has shown all that He is capable of entering into a strong mans house (Satan), has tied him up with truth, (prophecy, miracles) and is about to take him for all that he is worth (victory on the cross, victory at the second advent, victory at the end of the Millennium).
No one else in history has been able, nor ever will be able to place Satan in check. Only God Himself can be successful in this task. Satan and his demons know of Jesus and Paul and those to whom God gives direct authority, but they do not recognize anyone else, Acts 19:13-14. Satan will utilize many frauds of history (Buddha, Allah, and so forth) to deceive many, but none can defeat him. Only Christ alone can accomplish this.
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