Read Mk 1.21-28, Lk 4.31b-37
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are–the Holy One of God!”
The demons acknowledge Jesus on every level. They recognize Him as Lord having the power to command them and punish them. They call Him by His personal name, Jesus of Nazareth, acknowledging both His humanity and His fulfillment of scripture. (Mt 2.23) Finally, they say that they “know” He is the Holy One of God, the coming Messiah (the Christ) acknowledging His deity.
The demons knew Jesus better than most Christians. But the Disciples of Jesus possess more than knowledge, they have embraced Him as their way of life. They are adherents in faith and practice. Jesus has changed not only their intellect, but their actions. A disciple is being transformed by the same knowledge that the demons had. The demons, on the other hand, are doomed not because of their lack of knowledge but because of their rebellion against the King of kings. (Jam 2.19) As Disciplemakers we must discern that knowledge without action falls far short of Jesus’ intent for our lives. (Lk 6.46-49) Everything we encourage a young disciple to know about Jesus should have its ultimate end in a changed life. Being and doing can never be separated from truly knowing Him. (2 Cor 13.5) FJ51
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