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Mark 3:20-35 - Scripture

JasonJohnston Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3,22-30. The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he …More
JasonJohnston Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3,22-30.
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397)

Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
Commentary on Saint Luke's gospel, 7, 91-92; SC 52

His kingdom is indivisible and eternal
“Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin”. Because people were saying that he cast out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, Jesus wanted to show by these words that his kingdom is indivisible and eternal. Rightly, too, he answered Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world” (Jn18:36). So those who do not put their hope in Christ but think that demons are cast out by the prince of demons, Jesus says, do not belong to an eternal kingdom (...) When faith is rent apart, can the divided kingdom stand? (...) If the kingdom of the Church is to endure for ever it is because its faith is undivided, its body single: “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all and in all” (Eph 4:5-6). What sacrilegious stupidity! The Son of God took flesh to crush the evil spirits and snatch the prize from the prince of this world, he also gave power to men to destroy the evil one (cf. Lk 10:19) (...) yet some people call the power of the devil to their aid. Nevertheless, [as Luke says], it is the “finger of God” (11:20) or, as Matthew says, “the Spirit of God” (12:28) that casts out demons. By this we understand that the Kingdom of God is indivisible as a body is indivisible since Christ is God's right hand and the Spirit seems like his finger (...) “For in Christ dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily” (Col 2:9).