Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 7, 2018

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 12:22-29.

“Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.  All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”  But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste;  and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.  If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself;  how then will his kingdom stand?  If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out?  For this reason they will be your judges.  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  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.” Matthew 12:22-29.

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Other doctrine ignores God’s sovereignty, and its disciples are in constant fear of the devil and man.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees God’s sovereignty throughout Scripture, and its disciples are in peace that God is in total control.

“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”  Verse 28.

Using Jesus’ explanation and analogy in verse 29, Jesus can cast out demons and otherwise destroy the works of the devil, because Jesus first bound the devil (dominated him) before He plundered his house (destroyed his works).

“… The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”  1 John 3:8.

Q.  1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

A.  That I with body and soul,1 both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.  Heidelberg Catechism.

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;  and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed;  after these things he must be released for a short time.

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also;  and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”  Revelation 20:1-3 and 10.


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