Demons, the mysterious little goons of the Bible days, little seems to be known about them or taught about them in churches these days so I feel it is necessary to recap over these creatures and get our worldview straight with the Bible. As always, let’s look in to the Word of God to find out what these things are, why they exist, and what our actions towards them should be.
Synonyms : demon(s), unclean spirit(s), devil(s)(KJV only)
Daimonizomai (13 times), G1139- To be under the power of a demon.
Daimōn (5 times), G1142- An inferior deity, whether good or bad, an evil spirit.
Akathartos (30 times), G169- Unclean, in a moral sense, unclean in thought or life.
Pneuma (47 times), G4151- A spirit devoid of matter but possessing ability or life.
Mat 4:24, Mat 8:16, Mat 8:33, Mat 9:33, Mat 12:22, Mat 17:18, Mar 7:26-30, Luk 4:35, Luk 9:42, Luk 11:14, Mat 7:22, Mat 8:31, Mat 10:8, Mat 12:27-28, Mar 1:34, Mar 1:39, Mar 3:15, Mar 5:8, Mar 5:12, Mar 6:13, Mar 9:38, Mar 16:9, Luk 11:20, Zec 13:2, Mat 12:43, Mar 9:25, Luk 6:18, Act 5:16, Act 8:7, Act 19:12
Mat 8:28, Luk 4:33, Luk 8:29, Luk 9:42, Luk 11:14, Mat 8:31, Mar 1:39, Mar 5:12, Mar 16:9, Luk 11:18, 1Ti 4:1, Jam 2:19, Rev 16:13-14, Rev 18:2, Zec 13:2, Mat 12:43, Mar 1:26, Mar 9:25, Luk 11:24, Act 19:15-16, Luk 11:24-26
Demons can move from a human to an animal host (Mat 8:31-32).
The possessed person may acquire superhuman strength as with the man of the tombs who broke chains and shackles off of himself and could not be withheld by any man (Mar 5:4, Mat 8:28, Luk 8:29). This was also present with the man whom the sons of Sciva tried to exorcise (Act 19:16).
Demons travel to find rest and are not omnipresent (Luk 11:24).
Demons seek a host to dwell in (Luk 11:24).
The origin of demons is a highly disputed one, the popular theories today state that demons are either the spirits of the fallen angels that rebelled with Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:17-18, and Revelation 12:4 &7-9), or they are spirits of some other group of beings that are now disembodied and have evil intent. The later theory assumes the existence of a race of people before Adam (gap theory perhaps) that were judged by God, died and now their spirits remain locked on the Earth and seek evil expression via physical body (aka us). This theory assumes a lot and does not have very much scriptural basis. The other theory suggests that demons are actually the same fallen angels that rebelled with Satan and were kicked out of heaven down to Earth. However this view has some scriptural problems of its own. For instance read these two scriptures that say plainly that the angels that fell with satan are currently locked up awaiting punishment:
2Pe 2:4 – For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
Jud 1:6 – And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
Those scriptures portray ALL not just some of the angels that sinned as being locked away not on the Earths surface, not roaming free as we see demons doing, but locked up in a compartment of hell. Another scripture in Matthew 25:41 states that hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels, not Devil and his demons. Thus the fallen angels that are locked away are destined for hell not free to roam and harass mankind as demons are. I have yet to find a scripture that clearly draws the connection between “angels” and “demons” being the same entity. I have found that Revelation 12:9 says that Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven into (eis, Greek#1519) the Earth which may be interpreted as into hell.
My stance in neutral: I am undecided and I think it’s ok because this seems to be what I call a “peripheral issue”, it’s not crucial to achieving victory over them. Whatever demons are they were originally created by God and He has power over them. If we are in Christ we can ask help from Him and He will deliver us.
Demons on Earth?
Something many don’t know about hell is that it was made originally for the punishment of the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). Many only imagine demons as scarey red creatures that torture people in hell, this however is not a Biblical picture of demons. Through the Bible we do know that demons are not in hell, wherever it may be. We know this simply because they are recorded as only roaming the Earth and causing much trouble for man kind (Luke 11:24-26, & 6:18).
Just as angels are servants of God to help believers to and in salvation (Hebrews 1:14), demons are servants of Satan who’s ultimate goal is to draw people away or out of salvation (John 8:43-45).
Authority over demons
As Christians we are not to live in fear of demons, because God has given us a spirit of peace. But we should live in a mindset of victory of demons because of Christs blood that was shed.
So, what are we Christians to do about all this demonic business? We are to realize that we have authority over demons (Luke 10:17-20, Mark 16:17, Luke 9:1) because we are children of God who created and has authority of demons. If we see someone that is demonically controlled or influenced, or feel a dark presence in a place that we enter we can boldly use the name of Jesus Christ against that agent of Satan and it must flee. Demons simply can’t stand the truth, and ultimate truth is the person of Christ who has defeated them and their master. When in that situation remember we are not to operate in fear but in wisdom. Simply use the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God with faith. However, if we are not walking with the Lord or are living in sin I would not expect the Lord to work on your behalf at every beckoning call.
A question is often asked “Can a Christian be possessed by a demon?” The answer is no, the reasoning behind this is that since a believer is indwelt by the Spirit of God at the moment of salvation meaning He is in them (Romans 8:9-11, 1Corinthians 3:16), the Spirit of God will not let an evil spirit indwell the same person at the same time. However it is my strong believe that Christians can acquire what is called “demonic attachments“. These attachments are not internal like possession is but external and they greatly effect the believers everyday life and increase their struggle as they try to pursue God and become like Christ. I will discuss this subject in an up coming blog.