Jesus and the Demoniac
February 3, 2018
Main Theme: Jesus has ultimate authority over all of the principalities and forces of the spirit world.
We looked at the details of story, then drew three observations from this event:
I. Jesus has all authority over the spirit world
- Jesus has all authority over demonic forces.
- Demonic forces are real and seek to exert influence. The call of the Christian is to resist as we continue to seek to live godly lives. We considered what it means to resist the enemy.
- “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” — Ephesians 4:26
- “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.” — 1 Peter 5:8-9
- “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7
- We considered the question, “can a Christian be demon possessed?” The answer is “no.”
- “If by ‘demon-possessed’ they mean that a person’s will is completely dominated by a demon, so that a person has no power left to choose to do right and obey God, then the answer to whether a Christian could be demon-possessed would certainly be no, for Scripture guarantees that sin shall have no dominion over us since we have been raised with Christ.” (Romans 6:14, 4,11) — Wayne Grudem.
- “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist and magician with the same delight.” — CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
- We don’t want to go to either extreme. We don’t want to disbelieve the reality of the demonic realm nor to be preoccupied with it. We wish to be preoccupied with Christ! We focus on the power of the gospel that saved us, that set us free, that redeemed us. Jesus has always had, and always will have, the dominion and power over all the forces of spiritual darkness. Therefore, we can rejoice!
II. No one is outside of the reach of Christ’s love and power
- If God can do the work of transforming this man, there’s certain hope for you and I.
III. Jesus redeems people and sets them on a mission to share Him!
- He redeems this man and sets him on a mission. God has done the same in our lives as well. He redeems all of His people and sets them in motion for His glory
- Jesus commissions Paul to preach among the Gentiles “that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me”– 2 Cor. 10:3-4
Questions for Discussion / Application:
- Re-read the narrative. What was this man’s day to day existence like prior to his encounter with the Savior?
- What does this story demonstrate regarding Jesus’ authority over evil?
- This passage reveals Jesus’ power over evil. What else does this story reveal or demonstrate about our Lord?
- Re-read the CS Lewis quote under point #1.
- Explain these two opposite errors.
- Why must we guard against these two opposite errors? What is the danger in these two opposite extremes?
- What does it mean to resist the Enemy in a biblical way without becoming pre-occupied with the demonic realm?
- In what was does this story encourage and strengthen the faith of the believer? How does it strengthen your faith?
- This man “went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him (vs. 39b).” What application does this verse have for us?