Matthew 12: 43-45 and Luke 11:24-26 are some of the most interesting verses on the human soul outside of Christ and the activities of demons.
When Christ was confronted with casting out demons and people seeking a sign, He told them,
17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Some of the key words in the above passage revolve around, “swept”, “garnished” and, when we look in Matthew 12, “empty”.
See, the “house” that the demon refers to is the soul of a human. When a demon first lives in a man it has control over the inside of the soul. And, as can be seen by verse 26, we find that the demon does not take very good care of it.
Of course, when the demon is gone, it wonders about while the man goes about fixing his soul up. He may do this by believing in a salvation of works, or he may just go about trying to be a good person. But, when the demon returns guess what he finds?
Oh, he finds it clean, but he also finds it empty! That demon cannot resist the temptation and he goes and gets some of his fellow demons and fills that hole in the human’s soul.
These people who come under the influence of fixing or cleaning up their life are as bad as the former demon-possessed man. They go about, trying to fix up their own lives by their own methods. This fails every time, as can be seen by verse 26.
You know what needs to fill that house? Three things called the “gifts of God”.
- The Ten Commandments (to bring guilt to the soul)
- The Cross (to take away sin)
- The Empty tomb (to take away death and grant everlasting life)
It is really that simple. You need to repent and turn from your sins, as outlined in the Ten Commandments, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone! See here for more.