A Wee Bit About Demons
From God is everything (Rom 11:36). The Eternal One created all things that exist (Eph 3:9; Col 1:16; Rev 4:11), both in the spiritual and in the physical universe. All things have their design and their boundaries set by Almighty God. He rules and reigns over every claim of dominion (Ps 50:11). The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Ps 24:1).
God is the Author of the drama that is history. People, places, dates, and events are under God’s sovereign providence (Ps 115:3; 135:6). He works all things after the counsel of His will (Eph 1:11). God is eternal and omniscient (Dt 33:27; Is 9:6); therefore, He knows the end from the beginning (Is 46:10). He alone possesses the titles, “Alpha” and “Omega.” Everything He does will remain, forever (Eccl 3:14).
In the drama of God, the divine Author and Creator has established an antagonistic side, for without the adversary and the domain of darkness (Col 1:13), there would be no drama. In fact, the principalities and powers are formidable forces of evil rebellion (Eph 6:12). Their quest is to usurp the throne, power, and authority of Almighty God. Their endeavor is utter futility, but theirs is blind ambition.
Drawing from the Scriptures, we learn of an angelic revolt, where one-third of these spirit-creatures left their proper position and place (Rev 12:3–4, 9). The term “angel” means “messenger.” It is no wonder that the chief rebel is called, “the father of lies (Jn 8:44).”
The cosmic drama has a battlefield. It is the place where rebel angels occupied when cast out of the presence of the Holy One. In that place, the Earth, God created man, in His image (Gen 2). Creating them male and female, their function was to be fruitful under God’s providence, multiply and fill the earth with the image of God (Gen 1:22, 28; 8:17; 9:1, 7; 28:3; 35:11; Jer 23:3; Ezek 36:11).
The deceiver came and introduced himself to the woman, Eve. She joined Satan’s rebellion against God and enticed Adam to also join in the effort to be like God (Gen 3:5). Now under the judgment of God, dwelling in fallen creation, man became a slave to sin (Rom 6:6). This means that every inclination of his heart was only evil, all the time (Gen 6:5).
The sons of Adam were being crafted in the image of their father, the devil (Jn 8:44). This is why the Bible calls the natural man and his offspring, “children of the devil (1 Jn 3:10).” Children are products of their parents. They are educated and mimic, under the influence of those who nurture and care for them. That nurture and care can be wicked, where there is no fear of God (Prv 1:7).
Today’s dramatic events, as reported by news sources, are the out-working of the conflict between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. There is spiritual warfare in us and all around us. The Bible calls the devil, “the ruler of this world (Jn 12:31; 14:30; 16:11),” and “god of this world (2 Cor 4:4).” Satan lays claim to the kingdoms of man in the world, even offering them to Jesus, the Son of God, in his wilderness temptation of the rightful Heir of those kingdoms (Mt 4; Lk 4).
Under the sovereignty of God, fallen angels serve to tempt men to sin against God. Life is an incessant test of allegiance. Born into the rebellion against God and living under the constant influence of demons, man is without God and without hope in the world (Eph 2:12). He is merely waiting for the Day of Judgment to come.
Enticed to sin by deceiving spirits, it is a temporary pleasure for these dark angels to see the image of God, now under their power. Humanity dwells in blind darkness. People do not understand why they exist, their purpose, or why they are sure to die. Knowing they are both soul and body, they can only speculate what will happen, when their spirit is separated from their physical body.
In a world of darkness, men need light. In a world of lies, men need the truth. In a world of confusion, men need the way to life, for in a world of death, they must be given life. Here is the crux of the fight in this war of kingdoms. This is especially seen in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Jesus cast out demons from those people they were influencing, even oppressing, and sometimes possessing (Mt 8:16; 9:33; 12:28). The demons recognized Jesus as the Son of God, their Judge. They obeyed Him because of His sovereign power and authority. These fallen angels know their time until judgment is short. God created hell and the lake of fire for the devil and his demons, and sinful man can anticipate his sentence there for eternal punishment, too (Mt 25:46; Jude 7; Rev 20:14–15).
In closing, God’s elect people remember the salvation of our Lord, who was the sin bearing, substitute sacrifice for our trespasses and iniquities, against the Holy God of heaven and earth. Exposing evil wiles and works of the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2), that old, red dragon (Rev 12:3), we gladly proclaim Jesus, the light of the world (Jn 8:12; 9:5). We preach Christ crucified (1 Cor 2:2), the only way to the Father (Jn 14:6). We herald the resurrection life of our victorious Redeemer (Jn 11; 1 Cor 15), in anticipation of our own (Jn 5:28–29), which we embrace by faith.
My friend, it is enough for you to know the origin, existence, influence, and end of the chief fallen angel and his demons. They do their work, and it is your work to resist them (Jas 4:7), by putting on Christ (Rom 13:14), walking by His Spirit (Gal 5:16), fleeing immorality (1 Cor 6:18), and testing your allegiance under the scrutiny of Holy Scripture. Demons are a defeated foe…and they need to be reminded of that fact, which occurs when we preach the triumph of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 2:14).
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
November 20, 2020