Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 15, 2019

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

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:14-23.

“And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute;  when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke;  and the crowds were amazed.  But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”  Others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven.  But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste;  and a house divided against itself falls.  If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?  For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.  And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out?  So they will be your judges.  But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.  But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.  He who is not with Me is against Me;  and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”  Luke 11:14-23.

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Instead of praising God and giving thanks to Jesus for His amazing miracle of casting out the demon and enabling the mute man to speak, some falsely accused Jesus.  “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

How outrageous and wicked!  And yet, Jesus calmly refuted them.  “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste;  and a house divided against itself falls.”  In other words, no one motivated by Beelzebul would cast out demons and thereby destroy his own work.

Then, Jesus pointed out that He was motivated by God.  “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

We too can be falsely and wickedly accused by some when we do good works.  But, we can view it as a blessing.  “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great;  for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12.

But, more importantly, such false accusations do not stop nor even hinder in the least the work of God.  “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.  But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.”  In other words, Jesus kicked down the door of Beelzebul, overpowered Beelzebul, and distributed all of his plunder.

Other doctrine view Jesus as a weak person subject to the alleged free-will of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine shows how Scripture reveals Jesus as the Almighty, Sovereign Lord over all Who accomplishes all of His good pleasure.

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:2-9.

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


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