The angel glanced at me, making sure I was on the same page with him.
“Satan’s army wears protective armor just like Christians do, but the demonic armor is the exact opposite of God’s armor. Their loins are girded with lies; their breastplates are unrighteousness; their feet are shod with chaos; they have shields of fear; they wear helmets of eternal doom; and their swords are the lying words of Satan… (Jonah by Larry Nevenhoven, e-Book published on Amazon, © 2012)
Okay, just hold lightly onto this revelation for now.
Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. (Matthew 12:29)
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22 ESV)
The Matthew 12:28 verse is the cornerstone of the “binding and loosing teaching.” If taken out of context, it appears to back up the teaching.
Yet, Luke’s accounting of the same discourse by Jesus, reveals a far different viewpoint, more of a metaphorical one. The house or kingdom refers to a particular one, which I believe was Satan’s kingdom of darkness that reigned on earth at the time. The strong man was Satan and the stronger one was Jesus.
Now, where did Jesus disarm Satan of his armor?
In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross. (Colossians 2:15 NLT)
I believe Jesus, the Living Word, with His words about binding the strong man in Matthew 12:28, was referring to His upcoming triumph over Satan and his kingdom of darkness.
Why is this so important?
(Continued in Part 17)