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
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.
“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.
And Jesus’ words are still true, both of men and of nations.
Also, the man in Luke 9:50 was operating in the name of Jesus, a far different thing from that in view here.