But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luke 11:17-20
Just to lay the groundwork for this teaching, before Jesus made these statements he removed a demon from a man. Some of the witnesses to this event , accused Jesus of being Beelzebul, which is the prince of demons. Jesus was about to destroy their bad logic of why would satan defeat satan
Jesus said “Every kingdom and house divided will fall” , so how does it make any logic sense to accuse Jesus of being a demon, when Jesus is defeating the demons? This important principle should be understood and applied to the Church today. A Church divided will fall, today we have over 40,000 different denominations. So how can the Body of Christ be successful today , when it continues to fight among itself?
Another strong message that Jesus is sending here, the clear evidence that Satan is defeated proves that “The Kingdom of God is upon you” When Christ came to Earth, he not only defeated sin and death, but Jesus also defeated Satan, forever. The Kingdom of God is present through Christ, through the Holy Spirit, and should be present through you, the Church. The Kingdom of God is at hand!
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:21-23
Jesus makes it clear, Satan was defeated at the cross, and now that he’s defeated he’s dividing his spoils. Satan knows his time is limited and is trying to take as many souls as possible with him. Don’t be deceived by the great deceiver, put your faith in Jesus Christ alone!
Anyone who is not with Christ is against Christ, period. You are either born again or dead in your sins, end of story. There is no middle ground when it comes to salvation. You are either saved or condemned. The only way to salvation is through Christ alone (John 14:6)