“He That Is Not With Me Is Against Me” Luke 11 : Bible Study

When the strong man fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

Luke 11:21‭-‬23 ASV

This little jewel of a parable is most instructive, nor should we hesitate to draw the several analogies which are most certainly in it.

Here are the following analogies:

The strong man fully armed = Satan.

His court = the whole world under his usurped dominion.

His goods = the souls whom Satan holds captive.

His armor = the devices by which he enslaves men.

The Stronger Man = the Lord Jesus Christ.

The spoils = the souls rescued from Satan by the Lord.

Overcoming the strong man = the total victory of Christ.

Taking his whole armor = the frustration of all Satan’s devices through the gospel of Christ.

There can be no neutrality in such a conflict as that which appears in these verses; and Christ at once stated that key truth.

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.”

This means that any man who does not work with Christ and aid his mission of salvation is in fact working for his defeat.

The Pharisees, so intent in their hatred of Jesus, were here warned that the defeat of Christ’s purpose for Israel would “scatter.”

What an ominous word, and how dramatically it was fulfilled!

This verse contrasts with its opposite (Luke 9:50) There Jesus was speaking of a man who was unconsciously cooperating with him, while here he was speaking of those who consciously opposed him.

Within one generation from their final rejection of Jesus, the Jews of Palestine were overwhelmed by Rome; and ever since then, until our own times, the Jews have continued to be scattered over the world, … and have constantly been the prey of the powers of darkness.

And Jesus’ words are still true, both of men and of nations.

What a pity it is that America does not seem to be listening!

Also, the man in Luke 9:50 was operating in the name of Jesus, a far different thing from that in view here.

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