I read an interesting article today and I was surprised to see that it was written by a religious leader from one of the Christian religions. It concerned the idea that when people are "born again", they are then, able to resist demons but are not given the power to rebuke them. The author believes that Christians are not given any authority to bind, rebuke and cast demons out of other people and warns Christians not to be so puffed up with the arrogance of self righteousness and try to go around casting demons out and only leave God to do it.
It is true that only God is able to rebuke demons but Christ was an example of how each of us are able to become an Ark for the Spirit of Authority, so that when we receive the Holy Spirit, God can bind, rebuke and cast demons out of other people from within us, when we ask Him (and ONLY according to the measure of faith within ourselves; for, the measure we put into our faith, is the measure we receive from God.). Also, I don't think it was fair for the author to assume that every Christian who is driven to cast out demons, does so, out of their own pride or for their own glory (even though there may be some Christians who might attempt to do that, but if that was the case, then how can God be within them if they put themselves first and not God??). I think that when people fail to understand Christ's example, they fail to understand God's Grace.
The author mentions that when we become "born again", we are only given the power to RESIST demons but not rebuke them. However, the author is in error because mankind always possessed the power to resist demons, but simply wasn't able to rebuke them (Genesis 4:7). Sin tempted Cain to do the unimaginable when he knew he was not living up to his full potential. For, when he gave the Lord a skimpy offering, while Abel gave Him fat portions, he chose to get angry, rather than owning the guilt that would motivate him to do better next time when giving God the glory He deserved. God warned Cain that if he did not learn to resist sin, then it would enslave him to do very bad things. It is true that sin is born of the Devil and not of God; and demons come into the world in the form of sin, which is why sin is considered to be the children of the Devil and so are those who are in favor of sin (John 8:44). Those who are not in favor of sin but cannot overpower the hold of sin, are considered to be the slaves of demons
The biblical term "Rebuke" has been translated to mean several different things but whenever it refers to the rebuke of demons, it should be translated to mean: "to deal with severely", "cast out forcibly", "enforce punishment", "a counteraction due to an offense", or "a consequence action". That's what the true definition of the word Rebuke is when referring to the rebuke of demons. When Michael argued with the devil over the body of Moses, he said "The Lord rebuke you!" basically meaning, "God will deal with you, be it ever so severely!" Michael did not go around accusing the devil of deeds he wasn't certain the devil was responsible for; but he knew whatever it was, God would deal with him for it; for without the devil, there would be no demons (sin) in the world.
When Christ came into the world, the Prince who fathered many sins was cast out, so that God could equip His people, the Weapon they needed to turn the War around, according to His promise. Like Cain, if men could not resist sin, they became slaves to sin and they were not able to overpower the demons once they gave into their temptation, (and only a few were able to escape the hold of demons; they used the Law to cut away sin and to keep themselves separated from it). This was why, most of those who became slaves to sin, eventually came to favor sin and became children of the Devil because sin ate their goodness away (just like my dream of the parasites going into the sheep). So, God forced the Devil to take a break from his work, like an intermission during a Great War, and He sent His Son into the world, to rebuke demons out of His people and to teach them to better resist becoming slaves to sin, to make the yoke lighter, by giving them something supernatural that would help them- the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gave mankind the strength they needed to resist demons without much struggle and it made their burdens light. Not only that, Christ left this behind to them, as a Gift, that would change the course of history; to continue God's work until the end. It is a Great and Terrible Day of the Lord to the prophets, who had the eyes to see spiritual things, when they saw in their visions: God came on the earth and cast demons out of His people, like tearing open many wombs and ripping out children, to trample on the blood of sin and the children of the devil. The day of Judgment came when the Holy Spirit was poured on the earth. This is why, everyone who receives dreams from God, will always dream it is Night.
"The Holy Counselor will come to convict the world in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. In regard to sin, so that demons are exposed; in regard to righteousness, so that mankind can be made clean; and in regard to judgment, because the punishment that was meant for sin and all things that cause sin has now come and those who accept the Holy Spirit will escape eternal death." These three purposes for the Holy Spirit sums up all of Christ's teachings and words.
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