But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
And the evil spirit answered and said to them, " I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
This may seem like a very strange topic to study. In our society you just don't talk about Satan and his demons. If you do people will call you crazy. But there is a very important lesson for Christians to take away from this verse.
Let's break down the question that the evil spirit asked.
First, the demon says he recognizes Jesus. Satan and his demons where once angels and had direct access to God. They know and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (See Revelation 12:9)
Second, the demon knows about Paul. Paul was on fire for Jesus! Everywhere he went he was preaching the gospel and winning people to the kingdom of God. The devil and his demons were very aware of this. If we back up a bit and look at Acts 19:11-12 we can see what Paul was doing.
And God was performing miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.
Paul was traveling through Ephesus and God was allowing him to perform miracles and cast out evil spirits because of his faith in the Lord Jesus. When we think of the city of Ephesus, we usually think of the very inspiring book of Ephesians. But during Biblical times, Ephesus was known as a place for false magicians and wizards who would use incantations. When the people of Ephesus saw the miracles that Paul was able to perform in the name of Jesus they started talking about it and word caught on to what he was doing. Some men (the exorcists in verse 13) decided that they would do the same thing for their own purposes. The problem for them was that, because they didn't know Jesus they couldn't perform the miracles that Paul did. They didn't understand that God had they power, not Paul.
This brings us to the last part of the question, the part I would like for us to focus on. The evil spirit asks, "Who are you?". These men didn't have a good answer, but as Christians we do! We know Jesus!
Growing up I was afraid of Satan. Isn't that what we're taught to do? Satan is the bad guy and we are supposed to fear him. But over the years I've developed a new outlook on that. I think Satan should fear me! Like Paul I'm on fire for Jesus and I hope you are too! As believers we don't need to fear the devil because Jesus has already defeated him.
So back to the question, "Does the Devil know your name?". I'm confident that he knows mine! He loves to come around and torment me with my past mistakes. He likes to put doubt in my mind and tell me that I'm no good. (1 Peter 5:8 ) But no matter what he does to me I will always belong to Jesus and I know that I am forgiven for those things in my past.
We are called to be outspoken about our faith in Jesus Christ. And if we are, then the Devil will definitely know our name. So what would happen if I was asked this? My answer would simply be, "I'm the girl that knows Jesus by heart and I'm the girl He died for!"
What would your answer be? Let me know in the comments below.
Dear Lord, please help me to stand up for You and to be outspoken about my faith even when it's hard. Thank you for Your great love for me. Please help me to always have an answer for people who ask who You are. I love you Lord! Amen.
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