Demons

by Matt Slick

  1. Affliction by
    1. Cause muteness
      1. Matt. 9:32-33, "As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. 33 After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
      2. Luke 11:14, "And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed."
    2. Cause blindness?
      1. Matt. 12:22, "Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw."
    3. Cause lunacy
      1. Matt. 17:15-18, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 “I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once."
      2. Luke 4:35, "But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm."
    4. Cause self harm
      1. Matt. 17:15-18, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 “I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once."
      2. Luke 4:35, "But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm."
    5. Moves people to be naked
      1. Luke 8:27, "And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs."
    6. Moves people to dwell in tombs
      1. Luke 8:27, "And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs."
    7. Moves people to dwell in desert
      1. Luke 8:30, "And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him."
    8. Induces convulsions
      1. Luke 9:42, "While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father."
  2. Misc.
    1. Demons acknowledge God
      1. James 2:19, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder."
    2. Inhabit geographical regions
      1. Rev. 18:2, "And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “aFallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird."
  3. Desire to inhabit a host
    1. Of people
      1. Matt. 8:16, 28, "When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill... 28 When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way."
      2. Matt. 15:22, "And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed."
      3. Mark 1:32, "When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed."
      4. Mark 7:26, "Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter."
    2. Of single persons by many demons at a time
      1. Mark 5:9-12, "And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain. 12 The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."
      2. Mark 16:9, "Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons."
      3. Luke 8:2, "and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out"
      4. Luke 8:27, 30, "And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs...30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him."
    3. Desire to inhabit creatures
      1. Mark 5:12-13, "The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea."
      2. Luke 8:32-33, "Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned."
  4. Doctrines of
    1. Doctrines of demons
      1. 1 Tim. 4:1, "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons."
  5. Attributes
    1. Speak
      1. Matt. 8:31, "The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine."
      2. Mark 5:12, "The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."
      3. Luke 4:33-34, 41, " 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! aWhat business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”...41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ."
  6. Teachings of
    1. Demonic wisdom
      1. James 3:15, "This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic."
  7. Worship of
    1. Receive sacrifices
      1. Lev. 17:7, "They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations."
      2. Deut. 32:17, " 17 “They sacrificed to demons who were not God, to gods whom they have not known, new gods who came lately, whom your fathers did not dread."
      3. Psalm 106:37, "They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons."
      4. 1 Cor. 10:20, "No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons."
    2. Receive worship
      1. Rev. 9:20, "The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk."
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.