The Stronger Man

Another time, Jesus expelled an evil spirit that kept a man from being able to talk (124).  When the evil spirit was gone, the man began to talk!

The crowds were amazed at this miracle.  But some of the people repeated the slander of the Pharisees: “It is Satan, the chief of the evil spirits, who gives Jesus the power to expel evil spirits!”

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Jesus had heard this charge from the Pharisees before, so he repeated his earlier response, again shredding their flimsy logic: “If a country divides itself into opposing forces which fight each other, then that country will fall apart. If a family divides itself into opposing forces which fight each other, then that family will fall apart. It is the same with Satan; if his forces are divided & fight each other, his power will not last.

“Besides, if you’re right in saying that Satan is the source of power to expel evil spirits, then that means your followers must expel evil spirits by Satan’s power, too.  But if you insist your followers do not expel evil spirits by Satan’s power, then you can reasonably believe that I don’t either.

“In fact, it’s by God’s power that I expel evil spirits, proving that God’s kingdom has already come among you.

“Just consider this illustration.  Whenever a strong man, with all his weapons ready, guards his own house, then all his belongings are safe. But when a stronger man attacks him & defeats him, he carries away all the weapons the strong man was depending on, and all his belongings, too.

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“In that same way, I am overcoming Satan,” Jesus concluded.

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(124) Luke 11:14-22