Commentaries
English
Matthew
  
43“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.44Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.45Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” (Luke11:24-26,2Peter2:20)


Multitudes of the Jews believed in Christ in the beginning of His call. They were impressed by His sayings and works, so they came to the Man of Love. His ministry produced a new thinking in them. His Spirit cast out the unclean spirits of their minds, and the word of Jesus cleansed and sanctified them in order to prepare the way for the permanent dwelling of the Holy Sprit in them.
The majority of them did not stand fast in Christ because of the threats of their leaders and their fear of the severe punishment that the law imposed on law breakers. Therefore they turned away from Christ little by little.
They had to decide their attitude between the over-exaggerated traditional judgments and God’s love in Jesus; between justification by works and justification by grace; between the Holy Spirit and the spirits of this wicked age. Therefore they left Christ and His salvation because of the fear of men. This is the greatest danger on a new believer, to fall away and deny the merciful Christ for the sake of satisfying men. Such a poor man is likened to a demon-possessed person who was purified after hearing Jesus’ preaching. Afterwards, he left his faithful Savior and was consequently possessed by seven additional evil spirits to become more wicked than before and become a son of hell.
Do not forget that with respect to your relation with God, you are neither free, nor independent. You will be ordained either with the Spirit of God or possessed with the spirits of the devil. If you leave your faith in Christ intentionally, then hell will come with great force and you will be bound and taken to evil and impurity.
Abide in Christ, accept His voice and obey the directions of His Spirit. Confess your sins and let the word of Jesus sanctify your thoughts and clean your conscience. If you come to Jesus, you will be filled with the power of His Spirit. This Spirit will fill the emptiness in you and guide you to join the only Deliverer. But if you turn away from Him, you will be in danger of being a slave to many evil spirits.

Prayer
Question
Why is an evil spirit able to come back with seven other spirits to a man from whom he had been cast out of?