40 For 1he who is not against us is for us.
401 This word does not contradict that in Matt. 12:30. Both issued from the Slave-Savior's mouth and can be considered maxims. The maxim here speaks of outward conformity in practice and is in regard to people who are not against Him (Mark 9:39); that in Matthew speaks of the inward unity of purpose and is in regard to people who are against Him (Matt. 12:24). To maintain the inward unity, we need to practice the word in Matthew, and as to the outward conformity, we should practice the word here, tolerating believers who differ from us.