The Line Is Crossed

Jesus now compares the end result of the accusation with reality. The newly healed man is compared to the end result of what would occur if satan indeed cast out satan. We may read elsewhere that when a stronger man comes to spoil the house of a strong man, He spoils his goods and breaks up all the armour in which the former inhabitant trusted. That armour in view is the strength of the devil or the armour of God. The case has to be the one or the other, it can not be both.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (KJV)

We have two possibilities, if Jesus has healed the man and the stronger spirit of God has spoiled the strong man (the demon) that indwelt the man, then the man's reason has now returned and He is ministered to by the sevenfold spirit of God.

Otherwise the original spirit has gone to find seven other spirits more wicked to indwell the man with greater strength so that it may more adequately defend itself within the man after its return. This seven fold wickedness is new "armour" for the unclean spirit to indwell the man with. It is a false god in whom the man will initially place his trust only to be disappointed by them in the future.

What is in view is that the unclean spirit finds no rest or respite (as thirst in dry places) whilst it is out of the man and will return to an empty dwelling. That is, unless the man is inhabited by a stronger spirit (God) after the saving work of Christ. By exorcism, the man is prepared for habitation (swept and garnished) for the man's "reason" to return (inhabit).

In view then is the possibility that the man's reason (now returned) is slanderously reported as a demon (that was ejected), and the sevenfold spirits of God are slandered as wicked spirits.

If Jesus did not cast out with the spirit of God then the man is empty and "unarmoured" and the end result is the eightfold possession. Yet if Jesus casts out with God then the man's reason is indeed returned, along with the ministration of God's sevenfold Spirit, whom has armoured the man with stronger armour in which he may reasonably place his trust. This trust is on the armour of God, the result of sanctification by the healing of Christ - and the end result of salvation.

So then, as the man is healed and in His right mind, the demon is cast out. It has not returned again because the man is not empty - He is healed and newly armoured with salvation through faith on Christ. If the man is indeed well, then the accusation is baseless, but to believe Christ saved the man from the demon is to state that he is not healed in the manner that the pharisees' children would cast out demons. They do not produce a man with stronger armour - only an empty dwelling to which a demon may return stronger: The result is that the inability of the pharisees to exorcise men as did Christ (unable as also Christ's apostles were on occasion) shows that they are not in good standing, that the shameful armour (their hypocrisy) in which they themselves trust is indicative of a more general lack of sanctification: For the people of Israel are all under condemnation of the law.

Jesus states that this is the case also for this "wicked generation" - they will side with the pharisees over Christ because they have the same faulty armour. They will not be able to repeat the work of Christ, even when calling upon His name. They have not fully accepted the kingdom of God and have not received the full armour of God themselves, but only a corrupt form of "demonically received" armour, formed from seven other wicked spirits indwelling the "corrupt tree" of physical Israel, rather than the true Spirit of God found in Christ. A corrupt God is the reward of a corrupt tree, (its fruit.)

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