Binding the Strong Man
In this Session we will explore the theological concepts of the reality of the Kingdom of God, the power of the Kingdom of God, the binding of the enemy and God’s unbelievable mercy in forgiveness.
We are in a season of the increase of God’s presence in our Community, and His presence is synonymous with the expansion of His rule and reign in our hearts, and through us, into our realms of influence. As we move into a revival of the Father’s heart, a proper understanding of the Kingdom of God will enlighten us to build a foundation that is immovable in the face of trial or challenge.
This morning we will unpack what it means to bind the strong man and plunder his house.
a) The demon possessed man – Should be understood as being under the control of a demon or under the influence of a demon. The Greek word is DAIMONIZEMAI – which means to be under demonic control. Or demonized. When we speak of possession we understand ownership. To be under the control of something, does not necessarily mean possession.
b) The man as blind and mute – The man had no ability to see and no ability to hear. This man can also be understood allegorically that being demonized takes away the ability to see or have revelation from God, and also steals the ability to hear God. Often the natural realm parallels the spiritual realm.
c) Satan and demons steal, kill and destroy in the lives of people. Their assignment is hate based. They hate all people, because we are made in the image of God. Their attack on this man took away 2 senses that mimic the superior seeing and hearing that God possesses. Our glory mimics God’s.
d) Jesus healed him – Greek – THERAPEUO – To render service to, to cure or heal, or restore to health. Regeneration, resurrection, renewal, and restoration are present realities where Jesus is present. As Christ is present, so are His benefits. Jesus restored to this man what demonic influence had taken; similarly Jesus restores to us what the enemy has taken.
e) The Son of David – This is a direct Messianic reference to Jesus being the Messiah. The power ministry of Jesus witnessed to those around Him, that spiritual power is a sign of His authority and rule. Jesus, being the descendent of David, and fulfillment of God’s promise to David, displays superiority as King. First spiritually, then physically at His Second Coming. These verses are introducing us to the reality that the Kingdom of God is a present reality in the Person of Jesus.
a) The Pharisees – The religious class of Jews that had perfected religious ritual, and expression. These men were experienced in the Law and Prophets, but lacked the understanding of God’s heart. They are the expression the of the spirit of religion.
b) Because Jesus was no a military Messiah, or Man of High Standing, they could not accept Him as Messiah. They could not deny the spiritual power coming from Jesus, but they could not receive it as coming from God.
c) Many critics of the Charismatic movement have the same mindset. The spirit of religion has a form of religion, which lacks power. 2 Timothy 3:5
d) BEELZEBOUL – The lord of the house – or another name for satan. The Pharisees imputed that Jesus was using ungodly authority to cast out lesser demons. They were implying that Jesus was partnered with satan.
a) “Jesus knowing their thoughts” – Jesus is operating in the gift of knowledge, or word of knowledge. John 8:28-29 – Jesus only does what the Father tells Him and speaks what the Father says.
b) Jesus comments that the idea of a satanic civil war is not only illogical, but ridiculous.
c) “The kingdom of God has come upon you” – Greek PHTHANO – to come before, precede, anticipate, to come to, to arrive at, to reach – to attain to
d) The kingdom of God is a present reality, and is a displacing reality before all inferior dominions. In this case, Jesus simply displays the kingdom of God in the form of delivering this person from his demonic affliction.
a) The strong man – satan – house OIKIA – dwelling place or inhabited edifice – possessions – SKEOUS – vessel – domestic gear, or household utensils
b) Ties up – DEO – to fasten, throw in chains, to put under the obligation of a law, duty, etc. to forbid or prohibit
c) Satan is bound by the authority of Jesus. Not in the literal sense, because a spirit being cannot be bound with chains, and restraints. However the authority of Jesus takes away the enemies’ ability to protect his OIKIA or place of influence.
d) Agreement proves alliance – Depending on which dominion we agree with, we either agree with the lies of the enemy and we are subject to that dominion, or we agree with the kingdom of God and enjoy the benefits of God’s dominion.
e) The people of God should expect to overcome all influence of the demonic realm, because our kingdom is preceding present reality. We are in relationship with the One who robs the strong man. DIARPAZO – Greek for plunder
f) The presence of Jesus is an assault on the dominion of darkness. As the Church of Jesus Christ, He dwells in our midst as the One we worship, adore and love. We also carry Him in our hearts, and He displaces the strong man that afflicts us.
a) Our agreement proves our loyalty
b) Every sin and blasphemy is forgiven – This is amazing and freeing to know that to err, to miss the mark, and to slander the Divine, is forgiven. God’s heart to forgive is the ultimate display of His goodness. Confession of sin and blasphemy are forgiven without consequence. APHIEMI – to be divorced from – to send away – expire – to let go
c) Jesus as the Lamb of God, purchased forgiveness by His blood. Revelation 5:9-10
d) To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to slander His work, resist His witness, and harden the heart to His advances. This will not be forgiven, because the one has to yield to the Holy Spirit in order to receive forgiveness. John 16:8 says that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of guilt. The greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the conviction of guilt unto forgiveness and life.
e) “In this age or the age to come” – AION – a period of time – IE the OT age and the NT age are subject to people having to make a freewill decision for God as they are encountered by the Holy Spirit. A Christian cannot commit the unforgiveable sin, because a Christian is one who has responded to the call of the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus as Messiah. To discount the ministry of the Holy Spirit today in terms of signs and wonders should be done with caution and humility.