What power / authority do we have over demons?I hear people talking about 'binding' demons etc.What scriptual backing has any of this?
What power / authority do we have over demons?
Binding and loosing is only mentioned in two places, both by Our Lord, Mat chs 16, and 18. Both are in relation to the church. When we are truly gathered together in Christ's name and in agreement we have the authority to bind and loose. No reference to demons though.If you were to do a study on exousia the greek word for authority, you would find that God has all authority, all authority has been given to the Man Christ Jesus, we must obey cival authorities but (suprisingly for some) no authority is ever given in the church to any man or group of men over any others. In fact the only two times that authority is used in relation to any Gift or Servant in the church is where twice Paul refers to his authority as an apostle to build up not to pull down. All of us have authority to use whatever gifts the Lord has given us for edification. But none of has the authority to cast believers out or to discipline them. Only Christ has the authority to do that and he excercises that authority through his assembeld body. In context that's what is refered to in mat 18.Stuart
StuartMany thanks. This is valuable input and has gone straight into my study file.
Well Jesus said in Mark 16:17 that believers will cast out devils in His name. The context is speaking of all who believe in Him. I've heard some people say that authority to cast out demons was only for the Apostles but this passage would seem to suggest otherwise.Having said that, it is interesting that we don't see Paul instructing the churches on anything about casting out devils, or binding them, or speaking directly to devils. We are, however, told to resist the devil and to put on the whole armor of God.The real spiritual war is fought when we bring the truth against lies that have been raised up against the knowledge of God, and the truth shatters those lies and the walls come down, and we bring those people out and bring them captive to Christ.In Christ,Ron