It must have been amazing to walk around and see Jesus perform miracles, teach and deal with the Pharisees so “delicately”. I love to read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ time on Earth.
However, the one passage that jumped out at me each time I read this morning (because I really wanted to focus on something else because I don’t understand this passage):
43″When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
I was intrigued, however, so I checked into Matthew Henry’s commentary. Here’s what he had to say:
The unclean spirit leaves for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; the heart is swept by outward reformation, but garnished by preparation to comply with evil suggestions, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth. Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by faith in Christ. (see http://mhc.biblecommenter.com/matthew/12.htm)
Did you catch that last line? “Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by faith in Christ.”
Wow – it’s no wonder the battle seems to be getting harder and harder! The fewer Christians there are in the world, the more enemies of the truth! It’s automatic – if a man is not a Christian, he is the residence of unclean spirits!
This has shown me how important it is for us to reach others for Christ – to build up the army.
The time is now (or never).