Spiritual Warfare: The Bad Guys –
Demons, Unclean & Evil Spirits
Introduction & Review:
- We are Skeptical of the Supernatural.
- The Spiritual Realm Consists of Good Guys & Bad Guys…
- Good Guys include the One True God & Other Spiritual Beings Created by God.
- These Other Spiritual Beings have Free Will and Can Sin. Some have Sinned.
- Bad Guys: There have been at Least Three Rebellions.
- Last Week We Discussed the First Rebellion of the Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3). Satan and His Descriptions.
- This Week We will Discuss the Second Rebellion (Genesis 6) and how it Led to the Creation of Demons and Unclean Spirits.
More Bad Guys
- The NT Affirms the Existence of Demons & Evil Spirits.
- Eight Times They are Called “Evil” Spirits (Matthew 12:45; Luke 7:21; Luke 8:2; Luke 11:26; Acts 19:12-13; Acts 19:15–16).
- Over Twenty Times they are Called “Unclean” Spirits (Matthew 10:1; Matthew 12:43; Mark 1:23, Mark 1:26–27; Mark 3:11, Mark 3:30; Mark 5:2, Mark 5:8, Mark 5:13; Mark 6:7; Mark 7:25; Mark 9:25; Luke 4:33, Luke 4:36; Luke 6:18; Luke 8:29; Luke 9:42; Luke 11:24; Acts 5:16; Acts 8:7; Revelation 16:13; Revelation 18:2).
- Thirty-three times Evil Spirits are Called “Demons” . The verb form “demon possessed” is used 11 times.
- However, the Terms are Used Interchangeably.
- What Do these Demons Do?
- They Do the Devil’s Work (Matthew 9:34).
- They Inhabit Humans (Matthew 12:43-45).
- They Exert Some Degree of Control over those they Inhabit (Mark 5:1-15; Acts 19:15-16).
- Cause Disease/Disease Like Symptoms (Matthew 9:32-33; Mark 9:17-27; Luke 9:42). However, the Bible also makes it clear that Jesus Healed Sicknesses NOT Related to Demon Possession (Luke 6:18).
- They Demonize/Torment Humans (Matthew 9:32-38); the purpose of demonic possession is to distort and destroy the image of God in man.
- The Origin of Demons: The Second Rebellion—Genesis 6:1-5
Bad Guys# 2 –Evil Spirits & Fallen Angels
- The Sons of God Wanted to Procreate in their Image.
- The Nephilim, their Offspring, Further Corrupted the Ancient World Precipitating the Flood.
- These Angels Were Confined in Chains of Darkness.
- These Nephilim Were Killed in the Flood.
- Apparently this Happened Again Post Flood.
- Our Modern Minds Have Trouble with this Narrative
- Supernatural Factor – Weird. Haven’t Heard of it Before.
- We Get Hung up on Angel Reproduction & Hybrid Humans.
- It is the Best Supported View
- Does Demon Possession Still Occur Today?
- Can Christians be Possessed by Demons? No (Colossians 1:13-14)
- Can Christians be Harmed/Influenced by Demons? Yes (2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Romans 6:12-14; Ephesians 4:27).
- The Work of Christ has Freed Us from Demonic Control (Colossians 2:15; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 6:17-18; Matthew 28:19-20).