Is the devil real? As Christians, what does the Bible have to say about demons and is all of that still true today? This is the fourth article as I go Blogging Through the Alphabet. Join me and my cohosts, Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool and Kirsten at DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life, by linking your post below and by grabbing this button!
Is the Devil real?
As Christians, most of us know the story from Genesis. Adam and Eve are in the garden, and the serpent – who is the devil himself – tricks Eve into taking a bite of the forbidden fruit. But is all of that symbolic, or is there somehow a real being who is the liar and tempter? Does it even matter if we believe in such a being, since we are saved by believing and following Jesus Christ?
It is true that our salvation depends only upon our true heart faith in Christ as Savior. And that being the case, it is to Christ Himself that we can look for truth in this matter. Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness (see Matthew 4), even to the point of being brought to the peak of the temple and being tempted to through Himself down to prove who He was. He spoke to the enemy by quoting the Word of God, and He ordered the demons to leave the people. We know by the life and testimony of Jesus that these things must be true. The devil is a real being and he is a liar and accuser.
Demons and Demonic Possession
But we also know from the New Testament that Jesus and his disciples cast out demons. Demons were known to “possess” (that word means “have ownership of” – have you ever noticed that?) people and cause them to hurt themselves, to be and act crazy, to be super sick, and various other issues. The Bible says of Jesus several times that He cast out all the demons from all the people, and all who attended were healed. Does that still happen? Surely it can’t happen if you’re a Christian… right?
Several passages teach us that the demons are the followers of Satan, who is in direct opposition to the Lord and wants us to turn away from God and worship him instead. The demons are worshipers of Satan, but they are beings similar to angels. Some passages seem to teach that the demons were, at one time, angels themselves (see 2 Peter 2 and Jude 6). They didn’t just stop existing or stop doing what they were doing in the times of the Bible. In fact, we as Christians are ordered to cast them out! (See Luke 10:17-24 and Matthew 10:5-8.) After His resurrection, Jesus said that signs like casting out demons would accompany those who are true believers and that is how we will know them!
If you read any one of the gospels from front to back, and just take in the order of events and what is happening, you see that this was an every day part of the life of Jesus and that His entire teaching was that we should do as He did in the earth because He gave us the gift of His sacrifice on the cross so we could do so. Not every illness is because of demon possession, but all sickness and disease is because of the enemy and the demons. Thank God for sending His Son so that we, too, have authority over those beings and don’t have to be afraid!
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