Angels and demons sound like the stuff of movies or fairy tales. And demon possession is the subject of horror movies. But the Bible demonstrates that there is a real supernatural world filled with supernatural beings. And the supernatural world can interact with our world in some powerful ways. In this article, we go over some basics about demons.
Demons are real.
The Bible makes it very clear that demons are real. The presence of demons is assumed everywhere in the Bible. In the ministry of Jesus demonic activity became more prevalent. This was probably because Satan understood the nature of Jesus’ mission and wanted to stop it. But, of course, Jesus was not stopped by Satan. And in many instances, Jesus encountered and cast out demons.
Mark 9:17-18 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”
This passage demonstrates the reality of demons and their ability to hurt humans. Jesus’ disciples were not able to cast out this demon because of their own spiritual inadequacies, but Jesus did.
Demonic activity and disease
Some people will claim that demonic activity in the Bible was not demonic activity, but just different physical illnesses that people in Jesus’ day didn’t understand. For example, some people will claim that epilepsy was treated as demon possession, but it was just epilepsy. But this isn’t true. Jesus healed people with disease without claiming that demons were involved in those situations. And he cast out demons in situations that didn’t mention any disease or illness. And finally, Jesus did work in situations where there was both demonic activity and physical illness. Our point is that Jesus understood the difference between the demonic and everyday diseases.
Demons are active.
The Bible also makes it clear that demons are active. Demonic activity didn’t stop with the end of the Bible. In fact, there is no reason to believe that demons aren’t as active today as they were in Jesus’ time.
1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Even today, Satan tries to hurt God’s people. Christians are commanded to be on guard against his attacks.
Jesus has victory over demons.
The good news is that Christians are not alone in their fight against Satan. The Bible makes it clear that God has victory over all demons. And in his name, we can have victory over the demonic too.
Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
You don’t have to live in fear of demons. You can command them to flee from you in Jesus’ name and they will.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What were your thoughts on demons before this video?
- How might demons manifest themselves in our world?
- How can Christians defend themselves from the demonic?
- Read Luke 10:17. What is the right way for Christians to think about demons?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.