The Pentecostal Community (3): Binding and Plundering (Mark 3:27)
The Pentecostal Community (3): Binding and Plundering
Mark 3:20–27 NRSV - . . . and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 3:21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 3:22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 3:27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
This text addresses the Family, Foes and Followers of Jesus. . . . For the Pentecostal Community to flourish we need to know that we have the power to accomplish God’s will in the world. As we saw in John 17, Christ has promised and delivered judgment on the former “Ruler of this World” Satan had a legal position in the world prior to Christ. Through deception at the Fall, he was legally in a place in which had authority. Hebrews 2:14-15 makes this clear, “Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” But now Christ has in fact “bound” the Strong Man, Satan, “first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered” (v37). Colossians 2:15 says, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.” Therefore, we have the authority to accomplish the mission God has given us in the world since Christ has now “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Mt. 28:19).
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more