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The Peril of Empty House
Please read Matthew 12:43-45
Jesus describes the Jewish nation as a house that is clean for a little while and then the evil heart of ,unbelief returns to the house find it 'unoccupied," "swept," and "put in order" [kosmeo, Vine]." Finding the house empty the unclean spirit brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself to live there. The last state of the Jewish nation is worse than the first.
Barclay notes, "Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.," When men and women obey the gospel, by leaving religious error (Mark 7:7) ceasing from immorality, (Colossians 3:1-11) having been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (John 19:34; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 22:16), they have a clean house. So, one must fill the life that once was busy in sin and ungodliness with good works. Paul writes, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; cf. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you..." Colossians 3:16). The babe in Christ must feed often on the spiritual milk of the word that he or she may grow (1 Peter 2:1-5).
Paul admonished young Titus: "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). Let us grow and mature in the instruction of the Lord. According to your ability and opportunity find good works in the kingdom to fill you life [house].
—wtf, Airport Church of Christ, May 7. 2006
via Glad Tidings of Good Things
Volume 11 (May 25, 2006), page 3