Greek: "daimonizomai" meaning: "To be under the power of
Sometimes possessed with multiple demons: Mt 12:43-45; Lk
Demons could possess animals, swine: Mk 5:13
Demons differed in their power from one another, "this kind"
Mk 9:29 and evil: Mt 12:45
"Many, Legion" (Legion=6000 men, 2000 swine were drowned)
Mk 5:9; Lk 8:27
Mary had "7 demons cast out of her": Mk 16:9; Lk 8:2
I. Catalogue of demon possession in
Saul had an "evil spirit from God" & prophesied: 1 Sam
16:14-16,23; 18:10; 19:9
"Legion" in Gerasene: Mt 8:28-34; Mk 5:1-20; Lk 8:26-37
Lunatic (possibly epileptic): Mt 17:14-21; Mk 9:17-29; Lk
Dumb demoniac: Mt 9:32-34
Blind & dumb demoniac: Mt 12:22; Lk 11:14
Daughter of Syro-Phoencian woman: Mt 15:22-28; Mk 7:24-30
Synagogue demoniac: Mk 1:23; Lk 4:33-36
Phillipian slave girl: Ax 16:16-19
General statements of Jesus' work: Mk 3:11; Lk 6:18
Lunatic: Gr: literally "to be moon struck"
Ancients believed in a connection between moon phases and
various mental/physical disorders
II. How demons affected men:
A. Physical illnesses:
Curvature of spine, sclerosis: Lk 13:11
Dumbness & deafness: Mk 9:17,25; Lk 11:14
Blindness & Dumbness: Mt 12:22
B. Mk 5:1-20 Living in cemetery &
mountains, naked, able to break shackles and chains, constantly crying
out and cutting self with stones.
C. Mt 17:14-18; Mk 9:17-18 a lunatic,
very ill, often falls into fire & water, a spirit seized, suddenly
screams, throws into convulsions, foaming mouth, grinds teeth, mauls him,
D. Jesus accused of having a demon
of perceived paranoia others were going to kill him: Jn 7:20
of making perceived irrational statements: Jn 8:48-52; 10:19-20
"He has lost his senses" his family charged: Mk 3:21 (Note:
they may not have blamed it on a demon)
he cast out other demons: (probably a vicious rumor created
out of jealously): Mt 12:22-25
E. John for not eating or drinking:
F. Apparent supernatural ability to
predict the future through fortune-telling: Ax 16:18
G. Able to perform false signs: Rev
H. Preaching of false doctrine &
different gospel" Gal 1:8; 1 Ti 4:1-2; 2 Thess 2:8-12
III. Casting out demons
A. Jesus ministry of casting out of
David could be looked at as one who cast out demons from
Saul: 1 Sam 16:13-23
Jesus, son of David also cast out demons as one of the functions
of the messiah
Prophecy that "unclean spirits" will be cast out in messianic
time "in that day": Zech 13:2
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil: 1 Jn 3:8
"in that day a fountain will be opened for sin and impurity"
(blood of Jesus)
"If I cast out demons by God, then the kingdom of God has
come upon you" Lk 11:20
Jesus bound Satan and plundered his house by exorcising demons:
The 70 cast demons out and Jesus said, "I beheld Satan fall
like lightening" Lk 10:18
This casting out by the 70 brought Jesus great joy so that
he praised God: V19
Jn 12:31 "Now judgment is upon this world and the ruler of
this world will be cast out"
Jn 19:28 Jesus accomplished all things he was sent to earth
B. Parable of repossessed man: Mt 12:43-45
C. Who else cast out demons in addition
The twelve: Mk 6:33; Lk 9:1
The seventy: Lk 10:17-20
An unknown follower: Mk 9:38; Lk 9:49
Paul: Ax 16:16-18
D. Things said & done to cast demons
"come out of the man you unclean spirit" Mk 5:8 "be gone"
"You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him
and do not enter him again" Rebuke, fasting & prayer Mk 9:25,29
"be it done for you as you wish": Mt 15:28
"be quiet and come out of him" Mk 1:23
"I command you in the name of Jesus to come out of her!"
"casting out demons in your name" Lk 9:49
"Demons subject in your name" Lk 10:17
E. False casting out of demons
False teachers falsely think they cast out demons: Mt 7:22
Seven sons of Sceva: Ax 19:13-16
IV. Demon possession not to be feared
A. Demons cannot possess us today against
our own free-will:
Romans 8:35-39 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put
to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved
us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
B. Satan & demons were bound by
Christ: Ps 72:9, Mt 12:29, Isa 53:10 = Lk 10:17
"He disarmed the rulers and authorities, made a public display,
having triumphed" Col 2:15
"when He ascended, He led captive a host of captives" Eph
"Satan bound for 1000 years" Rev 20:1-6
Satan is a lion (1 Pe 5:8) chained to a pole. Powerless unless
we choose to enter his "circle"
C. 1 Cor 10:13
"no temptation has overtaken you but such is common to man"
"God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are
able, but will provide an escape"
D. "Resist the devil and he will flee
from you" Jas 4:7
E. Spiritual gifts ceased with the
completion of the Bible: 1 Cor 13:8-10 <200AD
F. The Devil need not possess us, but
merely cause us to die with unrepented sin or give up our faith!