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Summary: What the devils know that God's church should know...


Mark 1:23, “And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 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 Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.”

From time to time, the scriptures offer us a glimpse into the nature of the unseen spiritual world. We learn very quickly in the gospels that demons are real. We realize, also, that Jesus had authority over them, and casting out devils was a major part of his ministry. We learn that demons have personalities, are capable of independent thought, but, at the same time, they can inhabit very small spaces. Several thousand of them lived in the body of one man. They long to live within a host. When Jesus cast the legion of demons from a demoniac, they asked permission to enter into a herd of swine.

I believe that demons are real. They are not metaphors. They exist. They afflict mankind today in every way possible. They are spirits, and are eternal. The same demons cast out of the demoniac are in the world still to this day.

One aspect of demons amazes me. It is one that, in many ways, astonishes me. And that is what they seem to know.


Jesus kept His identity a secret, revealing it only through revelation, and only to His closest disciples. Can I tell you that, in many ways, He still does the same thing? We grow in the knowledge of The Lord. To some He was a prophet. To others a teacher. Others thought He may be Elijah. Peter finally realized He was the Son of the Living God. Even just before His crucifixion, the disciples still did not seem to fully understand who He was.

John 14:7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

Even after His resurrection, Thomas did not seem to understand that, as Col. 2:19 declares, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

John 20:24, “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Finally, the disciples understood. It took them a long time.

Yet the devils knew immediately.

Luke 4:40, “Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 41And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.”

James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

If we only knew, I mean really knew what the devils know. They know who Jesus is. They know He has authority over them. They believe there is one God, and they tremble at the knowledge of it. We need to understand that Jesus is the head of all principalities and powers. When He commands, devils flee. We don’t serve a weak, ineffective savior. He is the Holy one of God. He is the head of the spiritual powers, and the head of the church.

Do you believe it tonight? Do you know what the devils know?


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