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Does Jesus have the power and authority to cast out demons from people?

Does Jesus have the power and authority to cast out demons from people?

Authority of God

Jesus has both the power and authority to cast out demons and unclean spirits from people. It is stunning. It is really good news in that the power of evil is defeated in the work of Jesus.

Since demons are fallen angels, they possess the same level of power and influence as angels. However, Scripture seems to indicate that God has limited their abilities (2 Thessalonians 2:6–7). The Bible indicates that not all afflictions are due to demonic influence (Matthew 10:1; Luke 8:2). The vast majority of demonic influence is spiritual, not physical.

What is false doctrine? Is it demonic in origin?

Doctrine is “a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.” Biblical doctrine refers to teachings that align with the revealed Word of God, the Bible. False doctrine is any idea that adds to, takes away from, contradicts, or nullifies the doctrine given in God’s Word.

For example, any teaching about Jesus that denies His virgin birth is a false doctrine, because it contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture (Matthew 1:18). There is more. Jesus helps me know the truth. Jesus is the truth.

We need to be careful with what we hear to assess the Truth of Jesus in the message.

Are demons real? Do they exist?

The Bible speaks of demons as real, actual beings. However, Scripture’s depiction of demons is very different from the popular concept of them. The Bible describes demons as powerful but limited and ultimately defeated creatures. They are angels who followed Satan in rebellion against God (Revelation 12:3–4).

The Bible doesn’t give many details about demons, but what it provides is enough to dispel typical myths.