The Return of the Unclean Spirit and The Family of Christ!!!
“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You .” But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said,“Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”…… Matthew 12:43-50
In our previous study, Jesus was saying to those who asked for a Sign which was the attitude of an Evil and adulterous generation, that the only sign that would be given is the Sign of Jonah which was a picture of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here Jesus goes further to talk about the Return of Evil Spirit and How we are to relate to our Earthly Family relationship.
When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first”: Unclean Spirits are Spirits that influence a Man to do evil and practice many dirty habits. So if one day, the person comes in contact with the message of the Gospel and decides to respond to it, then the Unclean Spirit is cast out. But Unclean Spirits have a great Longing to possess Humans. If they cannot find Human, they would Look for animals Like the case of those pigs(Matt 8:30). So when the Unclean Spirit go around and sees no place, He will always check back to His former House. This is a Serious warning we must take heed to, that if Unclean Spirit that influences us to do a lot of Evil and Unclean things sees that after He is cast out and rejected, we kept our hearts, empty, He will come back to influence with Seven More terrible Spirits. What does this teach us, it means that a Place given to an Evil Spirit must be replaced with the Fullness of the Holy Spirit. When We cast out something Evil and Unclean in our lives, we must replace it with something good. In a More practical way for Example, If You cast an Evil thought out of Your Heart, You must not just leave Your Heart empty. You must fill it up with a good thought. If you don’t fill it up, more Evil and dirty thoughts will take the heart very soon. This is the Secret of Victory over dirty and Unclean thought and habits!!! You want to overcome dirty thoughts and Habits? Don’t just fight against Dirty thoughts and Habits, instead fill your Heart with good thoughts!! You want to overcome bad attitude towards people? Don’t just cast out the Habits and leave your Heart empty, fill it up with good attitude. You want to overcome Dirty words, grumbling and complaining? Don’t just cast out the bad words, but replace the empty place with good words. Think about good things You could do!!! Don’t just leave the space given to the Devil before Empty!!! Do you watch Dirty Movies with Your Eyes before? Don’t just stop watching it, but use the eyes to read the scriptures now. If you don’t fill up the space given to the Unclean Spirit before, I can guarantee You based on what Jesus says Here that “Your last Condition will be worse than the first” Those who don’t fill up the Space given to the Devil before with the works of the Holy Spirit will find themselves committing greater Sins than before. 2Peter 2:20 says about such people, ” For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it , to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” it is a Serious thing to be overcome again by those dirty and Unclean habits that once ruled You. Let us therefore seek to replace the Unclean habits with Good habits lest we find ourselves committing a More Terrible and disgusting Sins.
While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”: Jesus has now become a popular Preacher around Israel, His Miracles drew large crowd. In John 7:5, We read that “Even His brothers did not believe in Him” which means they had nothing to do with Him. But now when they saw His popularity, they wanted to be known as His brothers. What was it they wanted to Speak with Him that they could not wait for Him to finish His Talking? What was it, that they could not say to Him at Home? Why were they OUTSIDE the Crowd, when they should have find a Space within the crowd to Listen to His words? Indeed, Familiarity breeds contempt!!! Those who are closer to the means of Knowledge and Grace tends to neglect it. I perceive they must have said to themselves, ” We would always have Him around us in the House, so there is no need to attend His public preaching” You can live in the same room with a Godly Man and Yet not value Him. Others may appreciate You as a Godly Brother or Sister but those who live in the same house with You may see nothing supernatural about You. Indeed Familiarity breeds contempt!!! Also, there are many at times that the Devils seeks to interrupt our Spiritual service and activities through unreasonable visits from friends and relatives. Let us therefore be on our guard against very family and friends who are not interested in our Spiritual messages and Yet seeks to hinder others from listening to us.
But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said,“Here are My mother and My brothers!: This is an amazing statement. It looks as though Jesus was very harsh, rude But a Natural Man cannot understand the ways of a Spiritual Man. There was a need for Jesus to speak in that sharp way to make it clear to His Mother and brothers that the Human Relationship that He had with them for 30 years was no longer of any value. He has come into a new relationship with His Disciples who are following Him. So in short, He was saying to them that, “My Relationship with my Disciples is now closer than my relationship to You who are my natural brothers and sisters and Mother” it is amazing that when we come into this New Covenant and into this New creation, we come into a relation with Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are Disciples of Jesus which is the closest relationship on Earth. For this gives us the opportunity to be part of the body of Christ. And there is no relationship that is as close as the relationship between the different part of the Human body. So when we are in Christ, we become one body with other Disciples of Christ just like the Human body. Our closest relationship now should be with those who are members of the Body of Christ. For We know no man according to the Flesh anymore(2 Corinthians 5:16). This is the reason why many Christians do not grow because their Earthly relationship continue to mean much more to them than their Spiritual Relationship with Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Yet the Condition for Disciples remains, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My Disciple.(Luke 14:26)” Blessed is the Man or woman whose Earthly Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters are True Disciples of the Lord!!!
Also it should be noted that those who claim that the best way to approach and get a quick answer from Jesus is to come through His Mother Mary, Look carefully at Jesus attitude to His Mother Mary, There are three occasion where we read that Mary approached Jesus, one was at the Temple when Jesus was missing when He was 12 years of age, the other was in the Wedding at Cana and the last time was here. In the first occasion, His reply to Mary was, “Why did the You seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?(Luke 2:49)” His Second Reply was “Woman(not mother), what does your concern have to do with Me?My Hour has not yet come?(John 2:4)” and the Last occasion was here where He replied “Who is My Mother?” So don’t try to approach Jesus through Mary even today, for You will get the same Reply from the Lord. Remember “Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, today and forever(Hebrews 13:8)”
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother: Romans 8:29 says that “God has predestined us so that we might become the Younger Brothers and Sisters of Jesus, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers” when Jesus came to Earth, He was the only begotten Son of God(John 3:16),but today, He is not the only begotten Son of God!!! In fact, All through the Epistles, we don’t read of Him as the Only begotten Son instead we read of Him as the First Born” When He came to Earth, He was the only Son but now after His resurrection, God has many Sons and Daughters. So the one who was the Only Son has become the First Born among many Brothers and sisters!!! The question then is, “Who are then His Younger Brothers and Sisters?” Jesus answers it clearly, “Those who DO the will of the Father in Heaven”. Not anyone who says, Lord! Lord!!. He did not stretch out His Hands to the Multitude. He stretched out His Hands to His Disciples. And said “These are My Mother, brothers and sisters” Only those who have come into this Life of Discipleship, those who have come to Learn of Jesus Christ to Walk as He Walked. Those who say to the Lord, “I want to Deny my own will and take up the Cross Daily(Luke 9:23)” I repeat, ” Only those who have fulfilled the Conditions of Discipleship as written in Luke 14:26-33… Read for Yourselves) are the Younger Brothers and Sisters of Jesus!!!”
Dear Friend, Don’t Leave Your Heart, mouth, ear hand, leg empty after you have cast off those evil and unclean habits and words. Replace it with good works and words lest your case becomes more terrible. Think of this, Is there any thing greater than to have Jesus as your Elder Brother? Having God, our Saviour as an Elder Brother is the greatest Honour on Earth!!! Enter into a Life of Discipleship with the Lord, don’t be like the Multitude of Believers who You see around You. Take up the Yoke of Discipleship, Learn from Jesus Himself. Walked as He Walked. Deny Your own Will as He denied His own will and He will never be ashamed to call You His “Brother and Sister”. May the Lord give us the Grace to do these(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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