Beyond The Faith Of demons

It must have been a shocking moment when in Luke 4:34, as the people were gathered for worship in the synagogue listening to Jesus’ teaching, a demon suddenly burst forth in speech from the mouth of a possessed man.  Contrary to the cursing one might have expected, Its’ words were perhaps the truest thing ever spoken in that synagogue.  In some ways this demon preached the best sermon ever heard there.  He yelled, “Jesus of Nazareth, have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”  Here Jesus’ true identity was being declared by this demon.  In verse 41 we are told that this was a common occurrence as many demons came out of people saying, “You are the Son of God.” Amazingly, they understood what so many around Jesus, even students of the Scriptures, could not. It reminds us of what the Scriptures say in James 2:19, “ You say that there is one God, you do well.  Even the demons believe this and shutter”.  That is to say, that while proper identification of Jesus is absolutely necessary it is never sufficient for saving faith.  This is a serious warning to those of us who study theology or who find a measure of confidence in the fact that we, unlike the Muslims or the Jehovah Witnesses or the generic unbeliever, know that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ.  It reminds us that the scriptures call us to much more, namely, a vibrant, living faith that not only recognizes Jesus’ true identity, but that loves Him, trusts him and desires to serve Him.  


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