FOUNDATIONS

Lessons designed to promote the integrity of scripture and church!

I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

 

FACT OR FICTION

Demon Possessed!

The idea of demonic possession is a difficult subject for many to understand. The King James version uses the phrase “demon possessed”, which comes from the Greek word, ‘daimonizomai' or ‘daimonion', and are so closely related that they are very seldom rendered any other way.

There are many that try to explain these possessions away as mere physical disorders; however, the New Testament as well as the Lord recognized these demons residing in these individuals (even though recognition of these demons usually took place by the presence of illness and mental dementia or disorder).

The presence of this phenomenon can be attributed to a specific need; and should be understood apart from superstitious understandings that may have been the practice prior to the Lord coming in the flesh. The need existed in both the Lord and His chosen Apostles to demonstrate that they had power in both heaven and earth.

·        This power over the forces of the great adversary and his servants was proof that Jesus was the Son of God and that His chosen represented that power. In addition, it stood as testimony that the word which they delivered was from God.

As the word was delivered and the testimony of the signs and wonders that followed it made it more sure (2 Peter 1:16-21), the need for such events as these dissipated and further mention in the letters dated later in the 1st century show no mention of such events or their need (except by way of reminder, calling on earlier events – John 20:30-31; all of which enhances the value of eye witness testimony).

The need for such events as these and the other miracles performed by Jesus and His chosen no longer exists; for we have the word once delivered and testified to by the eye witnesses to the mighty events that verify the power behind that word (2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 1 John 1:1-4; Jude 3).