Doctrine of Demon Possession
Shall we bow together in prayer? Almighty God, we ask thee now to take us into
an understanding of thy Word. We pray
that the things that we look at we will view with the sobriety which
they merit, that we would respect the satanic and demonic world which
surrounds us a believers, and that Thou will inform us on how to deal with that world. We pray that every believer here may progress
day by day toward the building of a spiritual structure in his own soul
so that there within each of us would be that pentagon of defense and that
pentagon from which we may move forward to our attack upon the spiritual hosts of
wickedness and of darkness of this unclean evil world which would resist the plan
of God in our own lives. Our Father, we ask
Thee to help us to put away all mental sins, to remove every open act
of rebellion to Thee, and in this moment to bring full confession so that
the Spirit of God may take Thy Word and bring glory to Thy son in whose
name we pray. Amen.
We move now this morning to the
doctrine of demon possession, a third segment in that particular increment of our study
in basic training. Just to review a couple of
things, we’ve been talking on how a person can become demon
possessed. We saw that that, number one, a
demon possession through idolatry. We
found from the Word of God that all idols and all national gods
represent demon beings. So when
sacrifices are made to idols in worship they are actually being made to
demon. The person who worships and idol
therefore exposes himself either to the influence of an idol if he is a
Christian, or he exposes himself to being indwelt, that is possessed by
demon if he is not a Christian. A
Christian may of course produce idols of his own of various kinds,
are not made of wood and stone but which nevertheless become the focal
our lives just as some outward object of worship might be.
We also found that a person can become
through sex. The phallic cults worship
which destroyed the Canaanite nations contaminating one another and
contaminating the Jews. Now this again
is part of Satan’s attempt to fulfill the right man / right woman
Alright, there is a third way of
coming into demon
possession. One by idolatry, two through
illicit sex, and number three is through drugs.
Immediately you see this is why this is such a big
thing in our
day. Galatians 5:20 connects the use of
drugs and demon possession. The keyword
is the second word there, “… idolatry, sorcery,
…” The word for
“sorcery” (and you may have “witchcraft”
in your translation) is in the Greek “pharmakeia,” from
which we get our
English word “pharmacy.” This
word) means “addicted to drugs.” Drug
addiction. This is labeled here in this
context as part of the expression of the old sin nature under satanic
The use of drugs will produce mental
reactions which enable
a person to turn over his volition to a demon.
It has been used as part of religious ceremonies
times. Ancient peoples used drugs in the
worship of their gods in order to come under demon influence. Drugs will produce the same mental reactions
and symptoms as those who are possessed by demons.
You have certain comparable symptoms.
You may have delusions, hallucinations,
illusions, memory impairment, disorientation, manias, a melancholia,
emotional swings in mood. Drug use will
produce all of these things in a person.
A few months back, Life
magazine had an extensive
series of articles on drugs and on what drugs will produce. It went right down the line to the very thing
that you will find in demon possessed people.
“LSD will give you a feeling of
euphoria followed by
hallucinations and a sense of being outside of one’s body. Now that’s exactly part of what demon
possession is, to detach the soul from the body, so that a different
the force can take over control of the body.
So that a person, the article says, is a mere
onlooker to events.
“It can bring out a latent
psychosis, and prolonged use can
destroy the personality. Amphetamines,
when taken in particular intravenously produce euphoria and
hallucinations. We might say
ecstatics. They frequently lead to
violence, and like LSD can bring psychosis to the surface.
A chronic user may become addicted.
He’s withdrawn, prone to outbursts of
rage. Marijuana, a euphoriant, and an
inner calm sets in. Reflexes are slowed
down. Perception is enhance.
There are mild hallucinations, visual
All of this again is characteristic of
somebody demon possessed. Barbiturates, a
sedative, a dreamy state
followed by unexpected changes in mood, like abrupt crying which can
erupt into violence. A characteristic of
a demon possessed person is his wide swing of moods and his violence. Withdrawal pains may be so terrifying for
that they lead to suicide.
“Alcohol is a euphoriant.
It releases inhibitions and emotions which can erupt
in assault and
homicide. The DTs are accompanied by
hallucinations like seeing insects crawling on the body.
Chronic alcoholism can destroy the
“Heroine, like the barbiturates,
produces a drowsy floating
euphoria accompanied by trance-like stupor.
The novice always thought that he could get away
with it. Pitifully, few escape getting
once it has occurred, there is the ever-deadly prospect of an overdose.
“The psychosis that drugs can
produce fall into the
classification of schizophrenia, mania, and depression.
There are various types of schizophrenics,
and drugs can produce the symptoms.”
This is the same for somebody who has
manias about one thing
or another, or a person who has depression.
This is characteristic of those who are demon
Mental attitude sins is a fourth way
to come under demon
possession. These sins of
vindictiveness, bitterness, hatred, antagonisms, delusions of
is the driving force behind voodoo.
Voodoo works on the basis of mental attitude sins,
having a grudge in
for somebody, and then going through techniques which bring demons into
your behalf against the person. You may
say, “Oh that is really funny to make an image of somebody and
stick pins into
him.” But that’s because you
understand that voodoo really works because there is a reality behind
the demon who brings about the disaster to the individual that your
your mental sins, want to impose upon that person.
Sensitivity training that you’ve
heard about is also a type
of mental attitude sin, breakdown of inhibitions to bring on demon
based on your self-respect, your moral inhibitions, and create the idea
brotherhood. We won’t go into the
details of what’s involved in sensitivity training.
There are certain characteristics of
demon possession, just
to sum this up. A demon possessed
person, as we look through the word of God, as well as through actual
experience, displays certain characteristics:
1) He displays a lack of individuality
such as comes
naturally from psychological defects.
Through psychosis that people have, they lose
individuality. Demon possession creates a
wide degree of
emotional and mental swings so that the personality is changing
2) Another characteristic of demon
possession is loss of self-awareness
or self-consciousness. The person is
taken over by the indwelling demon and he loses awareness of himself. A Christian who is influenced demons can
forget the implications of his actions.
He focuses on the moment of what he wants and not on
the consequences of
3) A third is abnormal behavior
patterns. A person has several qualities
abnormal behavior. This will take
various expressions. Through the
Scriptures we find convulsions in Mark
1:26 and 9:20; violence in Matthew 8:28; abnormal strength in Mark 5
8:29; raving, which would include foul speech, cursing in Mark 5:5
good at that); self-mutilation and abnormal auto-erotism in Mark 5: 5;
at the mouth in Luke 9:39 and Mark 9:20; nakedness in public in Luke
living in abnormal circumstances in Mark 5:3; and, grinding of the
Mark 9:18. You may recognize or have
experienced some of these things and you might want to put a new
far as motivation goes, to why these things are taking place.
4) Another quality of a demon
possessed person or a demon
influenced person is loss of health. The
Scriptures indicate dumbness in Mark 9:17 and Luke 11:14.
This means you can’t speak—it’s
not a mental
problem (some of you thought of several of your friends right away, I
tell); deaf and dumb in Mark 9:25; blind and dumb in Mark 12:22; some
epilepsy in Mark 1:26 and Luke 4:35; mental illnesses in Mark 5:5,
verse 15. This is why the healer gets
away with his racket. Once he’s in
and on a working basis with a demon who creates an illness, all he has
to do is
remove the demon, as you see happens in Scripture, and when the demon
removed, the illness goes with him. One
more characteristic is accident-prone in Matthew 17:15, falling into
falling into fire. So if you’re
accident-prone, maybe you want to give it some thought.
Now let’s look at a typical case
of demon possession. Turn with me please
to Mark 5, and we’ll
start at the first verse. A typical case
of demon possession. This is the story
of the demoniac that Jesus Christ met by the Sea of Galilee. Mark 5, verse 1, “And they came over
and His disciples) unto the other side of the sea (the Sea of Galilee)
country of the Gerasenes.” This
place on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It
was during the crossing over to the
country of the Gerasenes on this occasion that the storm took place on
of Galilee wherein Jesus demonstrated His deity and He taught His
lesson in faith rest when He stilled the storm.
Jesus is met on the beach in verse two by a man who
lives in this
Now the territory of the Gerasenes was
an area of forbidden
hog-raising. For some reason, it seemed
a suitable place, a suitable hideout, and maybe a suitable country for
pigs. Pork was forbidden by the Mosaic
Law, but some of the Jews had developed a taste for pork and ham. Consequently, there was a black market, a
boot-legging operation, on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, in
country of the Gerasenes, in raising pigs.
Jesus and His disciples come over to this side of
the sea and they
beached their boat. As they step out of
the boat, the demoniac meets them on the shore.
Matthew 8:28 indicates that there were
two demoniacs, but
Mark focuses on one of them, perhaps the chief one.
We’re told that this man came down to the
to the beach, out of the tombs. There
were cliffs along the shore and in these cliffs were caves which were
bury dead people. This man, we’re
was possessed by an unclean spirit.
Consequently he had lost his individuality. He was demon possessed, and by many
demons. Luke 8:27 tells us that he had
had this condition for a long time, and the demoniac at this point
an unbeliever. Verse 3 gives the
description of this demon possessed man.
As you go through this, again, think of the day in
which you live, and
expressions of this in such groups such as hippie-dom, expressions
our society which are dignified now and place an aura of culture upon
qualities that reflect demon influence.
Verse 3 says, “… who had
his dwelling among the tombs.” Now
right away you know that his man has
abnormal tastes, because he’s living with corpses.
That’s the first quality of demon influenced
people. They’ve got abnormal
tastes. You can see the reflection of
the hippie subculture right there. This
man was drawn to loathsome sights. Can
you imagine what odors and sites existed living in a cave full of death
bodies? Probably he went around touching
cuddling up to them to keep warm at night.
He had also abnormal physical strength, for
we’re told in verse 3 that “no
man could bind him, no not with chains.”
Society had tried to put controls on him but they
couldn’t do a thing
about it. They could not do a thing
about it. The word “bind” here
is in the
imperfect Greek tense which means that repeatedly, in the past,
tense that indicates repeated past action.
Again and again in the past they had tried to bind
this man and they got
the chains, they got the binds on him, but he would break loose again
The impossibility of restraining this
man is indicated in
the Greek language by what the Greek can do.
In English we can’t use double negatives
because that makes it come out
a positive. But in the Greek language,
if you want to say something is really not that way, you just pile one
on top of another. In this Greek
sentence, you have “no longer,” you have “no
one,” and you have “not even…”
You have three negatives here of various
kinds, all of which come out saying, “and no longer was no one
able to bind
him, not even with chains.” When you
read it in the Greek, you get a clear impression that this man was
uncontrollable. No matter what they did,
they could not restrain him. The idea
was to try to hold his movements down from violence.
The word “chains” means something to
part of the body.
Well the demoniac had often been tied
in the past. Verse 4 says “for he
had often been bound
with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him
fetters broken in pieces, neither could any man tame him.” “He had been bound” is the Greek
tense which means it had been done in the past and that was a present
they had tried, but unsuccessfully. The
man resisted, temporarily overcome. “Fetters”
refers to shackles on his feet. They
tied his feet together. “Chains”
connotes manacles, or handcuffs. They
tied his hands down.
Now finally this man would get tied. How could he break loose after they got his
hands and his feet bound in chains? How
could he break loose? Well, it was because
the demons gave him super-human strength.
So we read that he took the handcuffs and he
“plucked” them. This means to
snap in two. He would simply snap these
things in two on
his hands. Interestingly enough, while
it is perfect (tense) which means he did it in the past, so now he is
also has passive voice. Passive voice in
Greek means that the individual does not do it, indicating that the man
the one who was snapping these bindings in two, but it was the demon
Missionaries have learned, when they
come into the presence
of demon-possessed people to be very careful that they do not go up and
the individual, because the strength of the demon is so fantastic that
missionary has often been clobbered unmercifully by the individual
power of the demon who indwells him. So
this man, the very grammar indicates, that he didn’t have the
strength to do
this, but the demons within him were popping these chains every time he
tied down. It’s in the infinitive
indicate the result of the efforts to bind the man.
“Fetters” have to do with what was on
feet, and this is from the Greek word … which means to shatter
together, or just crushing. The fellow
would just smash these things and shatter the binds that were on him. So no one was able to tame the demoniac. He roamed at will. Matthew
8:28 tells us that he terrorized all
the travelers on the road past the tombs, so people took a detour. They could not tie him down.
Now the demoniacs in our culture today
express themselves in
different ways than this, ways that are compatible to our day. But when they are possessed of demons, nobody
can help them. No branch of psychiatry
is able to handle a demon-possessed person.
So psychiatry comes up with sublimations, certain
indulgences, and that’s
the prescription which is applied.
Verse 5 tells us that this man had a
mentality. We’re looking now at to
is true of a demon-possessed man. Notice
first he had abnormal tastes. He lived
with corpses. Secondly, he had great
physical strength. Thirdly now he had a
deranged mentality. Verse 5 says,
always night and day he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying
cutting himself with stones.” He ran
in the manner of a crazy man, screaming.
The word is “krazo.”
present, which means he was doing it all the time.
It’s active, meaning that he (himself) was
doing it. The word itself means “an
inarticulate sound,” like the tongues people when they babble,
speak. Meaningless sounds.
The guy was just screaming out with
inarticulate sound in the agonies that possessed his being. He ran around shrieking which is why the
on the road were scared out of their wits.
You can imagine what it must have been
like for the poor
disciples who just got through surviving the storm on the Sea of
step out of the boat and say, “Oh boy am I glad to land,”
and then right there,
coming down from the tombs is this guy screaming, raging, hands
eyes wild, and bleeding, cuts all over his body. I
can just see those fellows falling all over
one another to get into the boat and trying to get the oars going. It must have been a frightful sight. This man was out of his mind.
The Bible also tells us that he had
been cutting himself
with stones. That is, he was taking
sharp stones and mutilating his body.
The word is “katakopto.”
part of the word, “kata” means “down.”
What the Scripture is saying is that he was cutting
himself down. In our day, this man is
“cutting himself all
up.” We say “cutting up.” They said, “cutting down.” But the idea was that he was just mutilating
himself to pieces. All over his body
were undoubtedly these scars from the wounds that were self-inflicted. Again, you say, “Why would he do
that?” And you begin to wonder about
the desire of
demons for blood. It’s in the
tense. He was constantly cutting
himself. It’s active—he was
himself. The body was no doubt scarred
from this experience.
Now again drugs are interesting here
because LSD produces
the same kind of reaction on a person, the desire to mutilate himself. We read recently in articles in Life magazine
and other magazines a few months back about a young man who was under
influence of LSD and finally reached up, took his hands and pulled both
eyeballs out and shattered them. And now
he’s thinking it over, what drove him, trying to analyze such a
of self-mutilation. Demonism.
And drugs bring a person under demon
direction and influence and control.
Luke 8:27 adds another fact about this
man that Mark did not
note. Luke 8:27 tells us that this man
ran abound nude. This again reflects the
hippie culture of our day—public nudity.
The crazed screaming mutilation of this man to
himself went on day and
night as he roamed the hills and the tombs.
Now verse 6. We
the healing of this fantastic person. “But
when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him.” He probably saw the disciples and the Lord
coming in from the shore, so he ran down from the tombs to terrorize
as he approached the Lord, something very strange happened. The Scripture says he worshipped Him, which
means he fell on his face before Him, in respect. The
demons could not restrain this man in the
presence of Jesus Christ the God-man. At
this point the man is very helpless. He
is indwelt by thousands of demons, and he has no control over himself. He began someplace in the past through his
own negative volition. Now he is in this
A person, whether he’s a
Christian or not, I must caution
you, can go so far in being negative to the word; can go so far in
negative to teaching, teacher, and technique.
In the local assembly, negative volition can go so
far that you come to
a point where there is almost no possibility of turning back. You come into a place where you become a
slave to something or to some attitude, and God is permitting it to
course, its destructive course in your life.
And I’ve had to talk to people sometime.
And I can tell what brought them to that course, but
they’re in very
desperate straits on how to turn back. And
they even know what their condition is.
Perhaps this man had enough volition to know in some
faint moments of
rationality what his trouble was, and something told him,
“There’s Jesus. He’s the
God-man. He can help you.” And he ran to him.
In any case, he was a slave.
He was in a state where he was highly responsive to
control. When a Christian builds up
spiritual callouses on his soul, it makes the facets of his soul so
toward God and man that a spiritual vacuum develops and he begins
what 1 Timothy 1:4 calls doctrine of demons.
So a Christian who is under strong
demon influence can go
psychotic. Such a Christian will make
absolutely irrational choices while seemingly being perfectly sane. He has a self-destructive quality to his own
spiritual life and service. He has
stubborn fixations. These are
characteristics of insane people. And
demon-influenced Christians have stubborn fixations.
That kind of believer is a very dangerous
influence on other Christians. He
opposes the Word of God, the plan of God.
And at some point, he is not satisfied to oppose the
Word of God and the
Plan of God. At some point, he wants to
be sure that other people join him in his expression of resistance. Abnormal conduct and a mean spirit are
characteristic of believers who are under demon influence as a result
But there comes a confrontation with
this demon, beginning
in verse 7, “… and cried with a loud voice, ‘What
have I to do with thee Jesus thou
Son of the most high God. I adjure thee
by God that thou torment me not.’” He
cried. The word is “krazo.” In a loud screaming frantic voice he
objects. Did you ever hear people talk
like that? “Krazo” is an
participle. Perhaps you’ll remember
that an aorist participle tells us that the action comes before the
verb. The main action is in verse
6. “He ran and worshipped him.” Before he ran and worshipped him, before the
man came down to the beach to worship Jesus, before he fell in the sand
the Lord, he was screaming. The demon in
him now took over. The demon was
screaming through the man’s vocal cords, in effect to Jesus,
“Let me alone.”
This is a Greek idiom here,
“What do I have to do with thee Jesus”
means leave me alone. So he was shouting
these words as he was running to the beach.
And Jesus looked up and saw what was happening, and
he responded to the
man’s need. What Jesus did was, in
effect, commanded that the demon come out of this man.
And you have to get the order of these
events. The demon approaches Jesus, and
he screams at him as the man is coming down from the hills. He’s screaming, “What have I to do
with thee.” And notice how he
address Him. He says, “Jesus,”
which is the Lord’s human
name, and thereby he recognizes the true humanity of Jesus. And then he says, “Son of the most high
so he recognizes His deity. This is what
we call the hypostatic union. Jesus
Christ, true God, true humanity, one person, forever.
And the demon recognizes—e knows who Jesus is
very well, though the demoniac does not.
And the demon says, “I adjure
thee by God.” Now the word
“adjure” means “I charge you,”
or “on the basis of an oath that God had made, I call upon you to
to what God has promised.” Now what
the world is this demon calling upon Jesus in the name of God because
said something to be faithful to. What
has God said that this demon wants Jesus to be sure he’s faithful
Well, Luke 8:31 gives us a little more
information. I think we ought to look at
that for a
minute. It tells us what this demon is
fearful of. This demon, who was the
spokesman for all the demons who indwelt this man, was fearful that
going to do something that God had said was not going to be done. Luke 8:31 says, “And they besought Him
He would not command them to go out into the deep.
And this in the Greek is the word
and it is the word that describes the place where Satan is going to be
during the millennium. Satan and the
demons who are going to be confined during the millennial age are
placed in the
abyss. It’s an imprisonment for the
Matthew 8:29 give us another insight
that there was a time
element that distressed this demon.
Matthew 8:29 says, “And when He was come to
the other side of the
country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two posses with demons coming
the tombs exceedingly fierce so that no man might pass by that way. And behold they cried out saying, ‘What
we to do with thee Jesus thou Son of God?
Art thou come here to torment us before the
time?’” The demon says,
“Leave me alone Jesus. Why are you
How was Jesus going to torment Him? The demons were afraid that Jesus was going
to command them to leave the man. They
knew that. But they were afraid he was
going to command them to go into the abyss now.
And they were calling upon Jesus to remember that it
is the plan of God
that the demons are not restrained until the millennium.
And we had the strange sight of a demon
calling upon the trustworthiness of God in this moment, say, “Now
you’ve got to
be fair. You’ve got to be true. You know what God said, Jesus.
You can’t put us there ahead of time.” This indicates that that is a fearful place,
and the demons do not want to enter the abyss.
This demon feared that this is what was going to
happen, so he called
upon Jesus to be faithful to the commitment and plan of God.
Mark chapter 5, verse 8 the Lord says,
“Thou come out of the
man thou unclean spirit.” This is in
imperfect tense so we again know that Jesus had been repeatedly saying,
out.” The demons had been resisting
screaming, “Don’t torment us.” Jesus
saying, “Come out.” The demons
saying, “Don’t torment us.” Jesus
saying, “Come out.” The demons
us alone.” And Jesus was saying,
out.” Did you ever have a little kid
tell that to you at home? “Let me
alone.” It sounds familiar,
doesn’t it? I wonder who’s
causing him to do that, his
mother or his father?
And notice he said, “Come out of
the man,” so the man was
fully demon-possessed. These were inside
of him. He was not merely
demon-influenced. And they were unclean
spirits. They were vile, evil things.
Here’s the extent of his
possession. Jesus in verse 9 says,
“What’s your name?” He
says, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
So it was not just one demon. A
Roman legion was at least 6,000 men. This
man had a fantastic number of demons in him.
Jesus, by bringing fact out,
the extent of his subjection.
Verse 10 says, “And he besought
Him much that He would not
send them out of the country again. He
is fearful lest Jesus is going to send them into the abyss. This is the word for pleading.
He’s beseeching Him. Again
it’s imperfect. Repeatedly, again
and again, to be sent into
that place, that fearful place.
Verse 11 says, “Now there was
there nigh unto the mountains
a great herd of swine feeding (2,000 pigs on a hill).
And all the demons now joined the (spokesman)
together. Verse 12 says, “…
and all the
demons besought Him.” All these
jabbering voices come through this man asking Jesus again and again,
upon him, almost commanding Him to “send us into the swine, that
we may enter
into them.” Now the demons knew they
no choice but to get out, so they said, “Jesus, let us go at
least into the
swine. Don’t send us into the
abyss.” Because do possess animals,
and this is why
animals act contrary to their nature sometimes because they’re
Verse 13 says, “The demons
entered the pigs. Forthwith Jesus gave
them leave and the
unclean spirits went out and entered into the swine, and the herd ran
down a steep place into the sea. And
there were about 2,000 and they were choked in the sea.” The pigs went mad when the demons entered
them. They stampeded down the hill and
they were choked. That is, and the tense
again here is imperfect. It was one pig
after another. You just had the sight of
one pig drowning after another as one pig fell upon another, and one
another down into the sea, and the went out of sight, until all 2,000
Well, this had a rather upsetting
affect upon the swine
herders when they saw their whole herd gone.
They ran back to the city and they shouted to
everybody who would listen
to what had happened. But what they were
headed for of course were the owners, the Jewish businessmen who had
this operation to begin with. They heard
what had happened, so they turned around, and the Jewish businessmen
friends rushed out to the grazing site, to the herding site, to where
were. And sure enough, things had
Here’s what they saw.
Verse 15 says, “And they come to Jesus and see
him that was possessed
with the demon, and had Legion sitting and clothed.”
Now notice what has happened. First,
the man is sitting. This is present active
participle. It means he is in full control
himself. He’s continually relaxed. He’s no longer raving.
He’s no longer madly running about screaming
or terrorizing people or mutilating himself.
He was sitting. Secondly,
clothed. The nudity has passed. This is passive, indicating that the Lord put
something on him. It is perfect. It happened the moment were driven out, and
now it’s his condition that he is clothed.
Nudity in public is a demonic perversion. Thus again the wonderful culture of
hippie-dom that so many of our young people and our population love to
to imitate and to admire and to commend and say, “There’s
something good in it”
on any account whatsoever.
Also, the demoniac was now in his
right mind. That is, his sanity was
restored. The demon-induced psychoses,
which were a
great reality were removed. No
psychiatrist can cure this because it takes removal of the demon. So they go to sublimation instead. Christians with negative volition in a local
church will come to this same kind of influence position.
How did society react?
The end of verse 15 says, “… and they
were afraid.” They looked upon this
and they were
afraid. The power they had once feared
in this man, and now they feared the power that had changed him. Verse 16 tells that the eyewitnesses related
the details of what had happened, how the swine had gone over the hill.
Now the Jewish businessmen had to make
a decision. In verse 17, “They began
to implore Him (that
is Jesus) to get out of their borders.” “They
began” is middle, meaning that they did it for their own benefit
themselves. They said, “Get out. Our self-interests are at stake.
Don’t stay here.” They
began to implore. And guess what word they
used? Right here, the same word the demons
used. The demons implored that they
could go into the pigs. The Jewish
business men begged Him to get out of their country because He was
by His presence, disturbing their way of life.
They were (it’s active) all joining into it. Their purpose was to get rid of Him.
Coming into contact with spiritual
reality and with true
doctrine, unfortunately, does not bring positive volition.
And these Jewish businessmen, who should have
known better when their way of life was threatened by anybody,
Son of God, or anybody who cast dispersions that they weren’t all
and all that special in the Kingdom of God, said, “We’ve
got to cut that guy
down. We’re going to have to get rid
Him. He is a real threat to our way of
life and all that we like to surround ourselves mutually as we meet
Jewish business men.”
So the reaction of the demoniac in
verse 18 was: Jesus turned around and
said, “OK, I’m
leaving.” He went into the boat. The man who had been possessed by the demon
implored Jesus that he would permit him to remain, and guess what word
uses. … The same word.
The demons said, “Please let us go into the
pigs.” The Jewish businessmen said,
get out of our country.” And the
said, “Jesus, please, let me stay with you.”
Very interesting. Volition
the difference for the same act.
And so, the Lord said,
This man is obviously now a believer.
That’s why he wants to stay with the Lord. He repeatedly asks Him. The
imperfect indicates again and again. He
says, “Jesus let me.” Jesus
says, “No, you go home to your
friends. You tell the great things that
the Lord has done for you, the great compassion that God has had upon
you. You give them your witness. You give them your testimony.
So the man departed and throughout all
the area of Decapolis
on the east side of the Sea of Galilee, he began to publish. And do you know what the word for
is? He began to publish what Jesus
Christ had done for him. This is the
Greek word which means to make a declaration, to herald.
It is the same word in a noun form as the
word from which we get “herald of Christ,” that all you
brigade people know
about. This man was sent out as a herald
of Christ. He was told, “Go out. Sound off.
You tell people what God has done for you because
that God loves you.” And he did.
And we’re told that everywhere he went men did
marvel at the grace of
God. “Thaumazo” is the word,
meant in the imperfect that they were doing it again and again. They just couldn’t get over it.
Well, I hope that you haven’t
gotten over what the Lord God
can do for you. I hope that if you have
never received Him as your personal savior that we may urge upon you
that this is your moment of entering a totally different controlled way
than that which is involved in a person who can be demon-possessed. The Lord Jesus Christ had died for you. He has paid the price. Where
you sit this morning He invites you
into his family. If you will believe and
accept what He did in your behalf.
We live in a very very disoriented
world. You have heard enough things this
that some of you have not agreed with, and some of you have not taken
kindly. But we have not yet touched upon
negative volition. We’re going to
into that in the very near future. The
more you see in the Word of God, the consequences of people saying,
No” to true
communication, consequences that last for all eternity, the greater
will have for the powers of demonic forces that surround us. Review what you have heard.
Check through your notes. Listen
to the tape. Get this clearly in your mind. Because this is one thing that Satan is out
to keep you from having. And I won’t
tell you this morning all the things that have happened to keep you
getting the information that you got this morning.
Shall we pray? Heavenly
Father, we ask thee to use thy word and thy truth in our lives in a
way, for we pray in Christ Jesus’ name.
Dr. John E. Danish, 1971
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