Demonology: Part Six (demon possession)

Demon Possession
· Definition
° A condition in which one or more evil spirits or demons inhabit the body of a human being (unbeliever) and take complete control of their victim at will.
° diamonizomai:
· “to be possessed of a demon, to act under the control of a demon”
° Matthew 4:24; 8:16,28,33; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15,16,18
· “him that hath a devil (demon)”
° Luke 8:36; John 10:21
· Biblical Evidence
° In the days of Christ
· Jesus Christ’s encounters and casting out of demons
° Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 1:32-34, 39; Luke 4:40-44 – Christ casts out many demons.
° Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39 – Jesus casts Legion into a swine.
° Matthew 12:22-23 – The Son of God heals a blind, mute, and demon possessed man.
° Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:25-30 – Christ tells a Gentile woman that the demon has gone out of her daughter.
° Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 9:37-42 – Jesus rebukes an unclean spirit that has possessed a boy since birth.
° Mark 1:23-27; Luke 4:31-37 – Jesus rebukes an unclean spirit.
° Mark 3:11-12 – Unclean spirits pronounce Jesus the “Son of God”.
° Luke 11:14 – Christ heals a mute and demon possessed man
· Followers of Christ’s encounters and casting out of demons
° Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:14-15 – Jesus chooses and empowers the Twelve over unclean spirits and to cast them out.
° Matthew 17:16, 19-21; Mark 9:18, 28-29; Luke 9:40 – · After the disciples’ inability to cast out a demon, Jesus rebukes them for lack of faith and prayer.
° Luke 10:17-20 – The seventy realize that demons are subject to them in Jesus’ name. The Lord connected this to the defeat of Satan (Isaiah 14:12- 14; Ezekiel 28:12-19).
° In the days of the Early Church
· Acts 5:16 – Apostles healed many that were tormented by unclean spirits.
· Acts 8:7 – Through Philip’s preaching of Christ, many unclean spirits came out of those who were possessed.
· Acts 16:16-18 – Paul commands a spirit of divination to come out of a slave girl after following him and Silas for many days.
· Acts 19:13-19 – Jewish exorcists attempted to command evil spirits in the name of Paul and Lord Jesus, but were overpowered by the man in whom the evil spirit dwelled. Through this event, the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

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