heart to the devil, and the devil was about to come in and make a home there.
That's the point of the illustration at the end of Matthew 12, and it's also point three in this plea to Judas and all other half-hearted disciples. Point one: neutrality is impossible. Point 2: Hypocrisy is infernal. Now point three, as quickly as we can cover itC
3. APOSTASY IS INEVITABLE
Pretend to be a follower of Christ while you delay surrendering to His lordship, and you are merely hardening your own heart. Do that long enough, and it is inevitable that you will fall away or sin away every advantage you have neglected, so that in the end there will be no hope for you.
That's the point of the illustration in verses 43-45:
When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.
44 Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.
45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first.
Keep your heart empty, especially after you have seen and understood the gospel, and eventually it will become the