Demons, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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Devils, lit demons. To the reality and personality of demons the N.T. scriptures bear abundant testimony. As to their origin nothing is clearly revealed, but they are not to be confounded with the angels mentioned in 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6.

Summary: Demons are spirits Matthew 12:43,45 are Satan’s emissaries ; Matthew 12:26,27; 25:41 and so numerous as to make Satan’s power practically ubiquitous. Mark 5:9. They are capable of entering and controlling both men and beasts Mark 5:8,11-13 and earnestly seek embodiment, without which, apparently, they are powerless for evil. ; Matthew 12:43,44; Mark 5:10-12. Demon influence and demon possession are discriminated in the N. T. Instances of the latter are ; Matthew 4:24; Matthew 8:16,28,33; 9:32; 12:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15,16,18; Luke 8:35; Acts 8:7; 16:16. They are unclean, sullen, violent, and malicious ; Matthew 8:28; 9:23; 10:1; Matthew 12:43; Mark 1:23; 5:3-5; 9:17,20; Luke 6:18; 9:39. They know Jesus Christ as Most High God, and recognize His supreme authority ; Matthew 8:31,32; Mark 1:24; Acts 19:15; James 2:19. They know their eternal fate to be one of torment ; Matthew 8:29; Luke 8:31. They inflict physical maladies; Matthew 12:22; 17:15-18; Luke 13:16 but mental disease is to be distinguished from the disorder of mind due to demonical control. Demon influence may manifest itself in religion asceticism and formalism 1 Timothy 4:1-3 degenerating into uncleanness 2 Peter 2:10-12. The sign of demon influence in religion is departing from the faith, i.e. the body of revealed truth in the Scriptures. 1 Timothy 4:1. The demons maintain especially a conflict with believers who would be spiritual. ; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Timothy 4:1-3. All unbelievers are open to demon possession Ephesians 2:2. The believer's resources, prayer and bodily control Matthew 17:21 “the whole armour of God” Ephesians 6:13-18. Exorcism in the name of Jesus Christ Acts 16:18 was practised for demon possession. One of the awful features of the apocalyptic judgments in which this age will end is an irruption of demons out the abyss. Revelation 9:1-11.

Matthew 7:22

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not in thy name? and in thy name have devils? and in thy name done many works?

Matthew 12:43-45

43 When the spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking , and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this .

Matthew 12:26-27

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Matthew 25:41

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mark 5:9

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is : for we are many.

Mark 5:8, 11-13

8 For he said unto him, of the man, thou unclean spirit.

11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of feeding.

12 And all the besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about ;) and were choked in the sea.

Matthew 4:24

And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers and torments, and those which were with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Matthew 8:16, 28, 33

16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and all that were sick:

28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the , exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the .

Matthew 9:32

As they went out, behold, they brought to him a possessed with a devil.

Matthew 12:22

Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the both spake and saw.

Mark 1:32

And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were , and them that were possessed with devils.

Mark 5:15-16, 18

15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his : and they were afraid.

16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the prayed him that he might be with him.

Luke 8:35

Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were .

Acts 8:7

For , crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

Acts 16:16

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

Matthew 8:31-32

31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and in the waters.

Mark 1:24

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the .

Acts 19:15

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but ?

James 2:19

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also , and tremble.

Matthew 8:29

And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to us before the time?

Luke 8:31

And they besought him that he would not them to go out into the deep.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall , giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their seared with a hot iron;

3 Forbidding to , and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with of them which believe and know the truth.

2 Peter 2:10-12

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of , and despise government. are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

11 Whereas , which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own ;

Ephesians 2:2

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the :

Ephesians 6:12-18

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against , against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, .

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the ;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of ;

16 Above all, taking the , wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the , which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all and supplication for all saints;

Revelation 9:1-11

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the of the bottomless pit.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

3 And there came out of the smoke upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the in their foreheads.

5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the , when he striketh a man.

6 And in those days shall men seek , and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of .

9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of of many horses running to battle.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their was to hurt men five months.

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name .


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