Driving and Casting Out

OUR AUTHORITY

MARK 3:14-15 Berean Study Bible
He appointed twelve of them whom He designated as apostles, to accompany Him, to be sent out to preach, and to have authority to cast out demons.

LUKE 9:1-2 Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and power to cure diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

WHAT JESUS DID!

MATTHEW 4:24 Berean Study Bible
News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed–and He healed them.

Matthew Henry Commentary
4:23-25 Wherever Christ went, he confirmed his Divine mission by miracles, which were emblems of the healing power of his doctrine, and the influences of the Spirit which accompanied it. We do not now find the Saviour’s miraculous healing power in our bodies; but if we are cured by medicine, the praise is equally his. Three general words are here used. He healed every sickness or disease; none was too bad; none too hard, for Christ to heal with a word. Three diseases are named; the palsy, which is the greatest weakness of the body; lunacy, which is the greatest malady of the mind; and possession of the devil, which is the greatest misery and calamity of both; yet Christ healed all, and by thus curing bodily diseases, showed that his great errand into the world was to cure spiritual maladies. Sin is the sickness, disease, and torment of the soul: Christ came to take away sin, and so to heal the soul.

MATTHEW 8:16 Berean Study Bible
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

In spiritual healing, the Scripture speaks the word, the Spirit gives the touch, touches the heart, touches the hand.

  • LUKE 4:40 New Living Translation
    As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one

LUKE 4:41 Berean Study Bible
Demons also came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But He rebuked the demons and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ.

LUKE 7:21 Berean Study Bible
At that very hour Jesus healed many people of their diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits, and He gave sight to many who were blind.

LUKE 8:2 Berean Study Bible
as well as some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,

  • MARK 1:32 New Living Translation
    That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.

MARK 1:34 Berean Study Bible
And Jesus healed many who were ill with various diseases and drove out many demons. But He would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.

MARK 1:39 Berean Study Bible
So He went throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

MARK 9:38-40 Berean Study Bible
John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone else driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not accompany us.” But Jesus replied, “Do not stop him. No one who performs a miracle in My name can turn around and speak evil of Me. For whoever is not against us is for us.

SIGNS AND WONDERS FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS – OUR LORD!

MARK 16:17-18 Berean Study Bible
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will

  • drive out demons;
  • they will speak in new tongues;
  • they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them;
  • they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”

MARK 6:13 Berean Study Bible
They also drove out many demons and healed many of the sick, anointing them with oil.

As believers of our Lord, we ought to be able to do just as He had done, even more! – just as He had said. I believe we just have to rely on the Lord’s promise and have enough courage to take on the ministry – not for selfish reasons but for the good of all. Now who is willing to be sent out?

Read between the lines. The Lord will not send out anyone on a mission or a task without the equipping or enabling grace of God. The Holy Spirit leads us. We just have to learn how to listen to His guiding voice and follow.

john-14-12

John 14:12 Berean Study Bible
Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

All glory to God, our Almighty Father!

by Mar Marilag 17-February-2017

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