An Alphabetical Analysis
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taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his
spoils' (Luke 11:21,22).
The context makes it clear that Beelzebub is the 'strong man armed' and
Beelzebub is a title of the Devil.  Because Satan is called 'the Prince of
this world', the world and its rulers are included:
'In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world' (John 16:33).
'And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that
had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his
mark, and over the number of his name' (Rev. 15:2).
Here is the special victory of the day of the Lord, a victory over Satan and
the antichristian powers at the time of the end.
General principles (and very strange ones, judged by the world's point
of view) are given in the first occurrence of nikos (Matt. 12:20), while the
remaining references in 1 Corinthians 15 deal with the conquest of the enemy
-- Death.  The super -conquerors are those who triumph over seen and unseen
foes, the conquest residing chiefly in the fact that nothing can separate
them from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  While this
survey has touched the salient points, we have not dwelt upon the conflict
itself, its methods, its weapons and its prosecution.  To this consideration
we now proceed.
Essentials to Victory (Matt. 12:19,20)
The one occurrence of the word 'victory' in the Gospels, will upon
examination cover a great deal of the various aspects of the subject that it
is essential that all should know at the commencement.
We must consider the following features:
The place where and the time when this reference
occurs, and the
bearing that the context has upon the subject of
The passage of the Old Testament that is quoted,
observing both
the context of the Old Testament passage and the
change that is
made by Matthew in the wording of Isaiah.
The qualities that make victory sure.
We now consider the first of these three features, and observe that the
word 'victory' comes in Matthew 12:20.  Matthew is the Gospel of the earthly
kingdom, so we are prepared to find the kingdom aspect of victory prominent.
That will not minimize the importance of the subject for those of us who have
a very different calling from that of the earthly kingdom, for the underlying
principles are the same.  At the twelfth chapter of this Gospel we reach a
crisis.  In chapter 11, the rejection of the Saviour becomes evident.  The
cities that had seen His mighty works and had not repented were the subject
of a dreadful pronouncement of woe.  The rejection made evident in chapter 11
is further emphasized in chapter 12.  There we read:
'But I say unto you, That in this place is One greater than the Temple'
(Matt. 12:6).
'And, behold, a greater than Jonas is here' (Matt. 12:41).
'And, behold, a greater than Solomon is here' (Matt. 12:42).