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Bible Teaching About Demons

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Bible Teaching About Demons
Ways Demons Functioned
The Purpose Of Possession
Does Demon Possession Still Occur?
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I. What Are Demons?

A. They Are Spirit Beings Who Are Totally Evil In Nature.

1. "In New covenant times, a demon was a spirit, having superhuman powers but not supernatural. In a vague way, personal beings akin to men and yet belonging to the unseen realm were designated 'demons'" (What Jesus Taught, p. 185, by C. H. Roberson).

2. Since the devil is the "prince of demons" (Matt. 12:24), it is clear that they are subordinate agents of Satan, associated with him in his evil work. Thus, they share in his thoroughly wicked nature and are deceptively opposed to the work of God and desirous of bringing about the destruction of men. Also, like the devil, their origin is not revealed.

3. Perhaps the most commonly-held error about demons is that they were simply a primitive means of describing symptoms of what are now known to be mental and emotional disorders, and thus not actual personalities.

B. Demons Are Real Spirit Personalities.

1. Demons are described as having existence and functions that are not related to human behavior or illnesses. For example, one of their functions is that of inspiring false worship.

2. Such passages as Matt. 4:24 and Matt. 8:16 show that there is a distinction between diseases resulting from demon possession and those resulting from natural causes. The same disease (e.g. epilepsy) may be the result of either.

3. Not all mental and emotional illnesses are attributed to demons. For example, dumbness and blindness can be the result of possession, Matt. 12:22-29.

4. Demons are recorded as "speaking" (Lk. 4:33-37; 8:30-36); "recognizing Christ" (Lk. 4:41); and "trembling" (James 2:19), all of which are characteristics of personality.



 

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25