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A selection of Bible Verses about Satan and Demons
1. Names and Activity of the Devil:
The names Jesus uses for Satan reveal much. Satan, the devil, the evil one, the enemy, Beelzebul (meaning master of flies) and prince of this world. Jesus described Satan as a murderer and a liar and identifies that Satan's mission is to attack God's Kingdom and to steal and corrupt the word of God from the heart of man and to challenge the faith of the faithful.
Then Jesus said to him, "Get behind me, Satan!"
Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do
your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown
in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.
The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the word
which has been sown in them.
He answered them, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children
of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the
end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may
not believe and be saved.
But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind
on the things of God, but on the things of men."
Jesus answered them, "Didn't I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me.
You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning,
and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he
is a liar, and the father of lies.
In addition to the Lord's teaching concerning Satan, Jesus identifies a multitude of other evil beings under the Devil's rule. These demons or "unclean spirits" are able to "take over" humanity with the intent of harm and conflict with the Kingdom of God.
When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn't find it.
Then he says, 'I will return into my house from which I came out,' and when he has come back, he finds it empty,
swept, and put in order. Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than he is, and they
enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Even so will it
be also to this evil generation."
The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of the man, passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he
says, 'I will turn back to my house from which I came out.' When he returns, he finds it swept and put in order. Then
he goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state
of that man becomes worse than the first."
For he said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
When Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, "You mute and deaf
spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!"
"Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from
this bondage on the Sabbath day?"
We can be in no doubt that Satan and his demons are under the authority of Jesus. Jesus was there when Satan fell from his high place in heaven; Satan is compelled to request permission for his activities from God; Jesus exorcised demons by his word of authority and the prince of the world is already judged and awaiting his incarceration in eternal fire.
He said to them, "I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you authority to tread on
serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you. Nevertheless, don't
rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have all of you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for
you, that your faith wouldn't fail."
"... about judgement, because the prince of this world has been judged."
Now is the judgement of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
Then he will say also to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared
for the devil and his angels; ...