DELIVERANCE AND DEMONOLOGY

On what do you base your beliefs about the operations of demons? On deluded testimonies of delivered brethren? On deceptive manifestations during deliverances? On superstitious beliefs, or on presumed interpretations of omens and experiences? DELIVERANCE AND DEMONOLOGY sets out to show what the infallible, inspired Scripture has plainly revealed about the nature, state and operations of the devil and his demonic hordes.
Do you want a biblical understanding of the strongholds and limitations of Satan? Do you seek to discover how to effectively deal with and triumph over the agents and powers of darkness through Christ? Then, this book is what you need. Your life and faith will never be the same again!
As you receive the biblical truth in this book, you receive your total freedom from every yoke in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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4. THE SALVATION FOR HUMANITY

The Fall of Adam and Eve enslaved Humanity to sin with the resultant vulnerability to temptations and evil. In Christ, God took up the human nature as the Second Adam to redeem us from this bondage and disadvantage. As Adam was our condemnation by his failure, so Christ is now our salvation by His victory.

Rom 5:12-19 (ISV) (12)  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, because all have sinned. (13)  Certainly sin was in the world before the law was given, but no record of sin is kept when there is no law. (14)  Nevertheless, death ruled from the time of Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the same way Adam did when he disobeyed. He is a type of the one who would come. (15)  But God's free gift is not like Adam's offense. For if many people died as the result of one man's offense, how much more have God's grace and the free gift given through the kindness of one man, Jesus Christ, been showered on many people! (16)  Nor can the free gift be compared to what came through the man who sinned. For the sentence that followed one man's offense brought condemnation, but the free gift brought justification, even after many offenses. (17)  For if, through one man, death ruled because of that man's offense, how much more will those who receive such overflowing grace and the gift of righteousness rule in life because of one man, Jesus Christ! (18)  Consequently, just as one offense resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone. (19)  For just as through one man's disobedience many people were made sinners, so also through one man's obedience many people will be made righteous.

Man’s bondage began by doubting God and believing the Devil (Gen 3:1-7). Man’s freedom could only be solved by believing God and doubting Satan and all. Man’s bondage began with Adam who thitherto knew no sin but fell into sin when tempted. Man’s freedom must begin with Christ who, alone ever since, knew no sin (2Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15) and did not fall into sin when tempted. We take part in Adam’s bondage when we are born to be like him; we take part in Christ’s freedom when we believe and are born again to be like Him.

1Pe 2:21-25 (ISV) (21)  This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because Christ also suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps. (22)  "He never committed a sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." (23)  When he was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten but made it his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly. (24)  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to those sins and live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (25)  For you were like sheep that kept going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1Jn 3:4-10 (ISV) (4)  Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience. (5)  You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and there is not any sin in him. (6)  No one who remains in him goes on sinning. The one who goes on sinning hasn't seen him or known him. (7)  Little children, don't let anyone deceive you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. (8)  The person who practices sin belongs to the evil one, because the devil has been sinning since the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy the works of the devil. (9)  No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God's seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. (10)  This is how God's children and the devil's children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God.

Through His life, Jesus has won back for humanity, their lost victory over sin and temptation.

1Pe 2:21-25 (ISV) (21)  This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because Christ also suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps. (22)  "He never committed a sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." (23)  When he was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten but made it his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly. (24)  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to those sins and live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (25)  For you were like sheep that kept going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

By His death, Christ made atonement for the sins of all humanity, whosoever believes. In His resurrection, He secured the only hope of eternity for all who are saved through faith in His Name.

Rom 5:6-10 (ISV) (6)  For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (7)  For it is rare for anyone to die for a righteous person, though somebody might be brave enough to die for a good person. (8)  But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. (9)  Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him! (10)  For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life!

Apart from Christ, humanity has no other guaranteed, adequate and legitimate escape from damnation, whatever they may do, mentally, morally or religiously. Idolatry and philosophy at their best have been mere groping in the dark.

Act 10:40-43 (KJV2000) (40)  Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly; (41)  Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. (42)  And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he who was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and dead. (43)  To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.

Act 17:24-31 (MSG) (24)  "The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines (25)  or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. (26)  Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living (27)  so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. (28)  We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' (29)  Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it? (30)  "God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better--but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he's calling for a radical life-change. (31)  He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead."

Even the tutorial guardianship through the Old Testament Law and the Prophets could best bring someone so far into the shadow of mere preparatory religion.

Gal 3:22-28 (ISV) (22)  But the Scripture has put everything under the power of sin, so that what was promised by the faithfulness of Christ might be given to those who believe. (23)  Now before this faith came, we were held in custody and carefully guarded under the law in preparation for the faith that was to be revealed. (24)  And so the law was our guardian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. (25)  But now that this faith has come, we are no longer under the control of a guardian. (26)  For all of you are God's children through faith in Christ Jesus. (27)  Indeed, all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (28)  A person is no longer a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a male or a female, because all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

None of these gropings or preparations could eternally deliver or save Humanity without Christ. This is the whole revelation in the whole of the Scriptures. This is the Gospel (Good News) of Christ unto salvation for all.  Jesus Himself put it this way:

Joh 3:13-18 (ISV) (13)  "No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven. (14)  Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, (15)  so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (16)  "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life. (17)  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. (18)  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique Son.

NOTE: The Old Testament believers (Adam, Job, Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel, Joshua the High Priest, John the Baptist, etc) had authority as elect servants, over the earth and its fullness but no authority as sons, over the invading devil and demons. They depended on the sonship authority of the Angels (Job 1:6-8; Dan 10:13; Zech 3:1-3; Jude 9; Acts 7:35; Heb 3:2-6). The New Testament believers, however are greater (Lk 7:28), having authority both as elect servants and begotten/adopted sons, given to them by Christ and in Christ over all the powers of the enemy. With this sonship authority in Christ, Christians bind and cast demons with the proclaimed Word (Matt 16:19; 18:18; Lk 9:1; 10:19; John 1:12).

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