Top 7 Bible Verses About Casting Out Demons

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Here are my top 7 Bible verses about casting out demons, sometimes referred to as devils.

Mark 1:34 “And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.”

Interestingly, the first ones to acknowledge that Jesus was God were the demons which is why Jesus didn’t permit them to speak because they often declared “You are the Son of God!” (Luke 4:41) to which Jesus would silence them. By doing so, Jesus shows that He has all authority over the demons including the Devil. Jesus once conquered the Devil’s three-fold temptations during the temptation of Christ in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-11) proving that Jesus has authority over all the demons and even Satan himself. This also shows that the demons, who are fallen angels, beheld the glory of Jesus Christ before He came to this earth for His earthly ministry and so they knew Him before He entered human flesh and very possibly before there were even humans created.

 

2 Top 7 Bible Verses About Casting Out Demons

Luke 10:17 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

This is what the disciples whom Jesus had sent out said when they returned.  He gave them the authority to cast out demons. They didn’t necessarily have that authority of themselves because no human is a match for a demon but when Jesus gives you the authority, then you have His authority.

Acts 19:13-16 “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

I would imagine these itinerant Jews were surprised. They had apparently been seeing or hearing of Jesus casting out demons and maybe some of His disciples had been doing the same thing so they wanted to try it. They got part of it right; they used Jesus’ name but apparently they were not known by Jesus because the possessed man beat them all and they ran out of the house naked and bleeding, showing you don’t really want to fool around with demons if you are not a child of God and thus, don’t have Jesus’ authority.

Luke 8:30, 33 “Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.”

This was not just one demon but a whole legion of demons and a Roman legion during Jesus’ day could have been anywhere from between 3,000 and 6,000 troops. This could not have been done by any single individual. It took God Himself to cast out so many demons because of the tremendous power that they had collectively. This casting out of demons was even more impressive because the man was so possessed by demons that “he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert” (Luke 8:29).

Mark 1:39 “And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.”

Apparently, Jesus didn’t waste much time casting out demons for from the very beginning of His earthly ministry, he was casting out numerous demons in at least twenty different circumstances that we know about in the New Testament.  We see this verse as being part of the same ministry; preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

Mark 3:13-15 “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.”

This is clear evidence that Jesus gave the disciples the authority to cast out demons meaning that by themselves, they had no such authority. Remember what happened to the Jews who were trying to cast out demons in their own authority? They were beaten badly and ran for their lives.  Jesus gives the authority.  It is not something that we take up for ourselves as many try to claim.

Luke 4:41 “And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.”

The final verse about casting out demons was again when Jesus was confronted by demons and they already knew Who Jesus was which is why they once “cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time” (Matt 8:29) showing that they know that they are headed for torment someday as it says in Revelation 20:9 where they will be “thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” They didn’t want that to come “before the time” indicating that the Devil and the demons know their time is coming and they seem to know when that time will be.

Conclusion

We have no fear of demons or the Devil because he has already been defeated by Jesus at the cross “for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Besides, Jesus already had this authority over them long before He went to Calvary and even before He came to be born as a babe in a manger so I would caution anyone that believes he or she has their own authority over the Devil or demons because some of them gave those who tried this “such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

Related reading: Bible Study on Demons

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Anthony October 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I was reading about St Paul who had trouble with the sins of the flesh, but he was suffering from a different kind of sin.
God made satan tempt him to stop Him from being proud and hawty.
St Paul said it was like a thorn in his flesh all the time, which I thought he had sins of the flesh where I was mistaken.
Then I went on to read End Of Days which I found very scary and I could not understand a lot of it.
I know I am being tempted by something a demon? which is like a battle in my head against that sin I have.
I hate it, but I can`t stop it.
Like St Paul I was smug that`s the word I used but I was brought down to Earth with that sin and it`s really getting on my nerves.
Can you shed some light on this for me Jack.

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sue February 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that had been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (overcome it.) John1:1-5

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Stephanie October 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

Jack,
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be apon you. First know, Jesus loves you more than we as humans can comprehend! Second, know that we as humans will all be tempted. For we are here to overcome whatever obstacles that have been assigned to us. It is very personal, that is why we have a Holy Spirt who intercedes on our behalf. Please consider 2Corintgans 3-6. ” For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”
Give the first part of your day to God. Reading His word, praying for help, guidance, and protection. Be thankful for what He has done for you. In this way you are applying the armor of God upon you. Also, be very aware of what you allow in your home (T.V., radio, social media, etc.). Play only encouraging things that praise God and are instructive. If you try this you will see in a very short time your whole life will change into something that can only be described as miraculous! Something so amazingly beautiful that you will ponder how you could have ever lived any other way. We are here to be remade into the people God created us to be.

~Peace be with you,~

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Mary October 31, 2018 at 4:34 am

I agree with you God keep you.

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