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# 01450 :  please help!
Matthew 7:22-23:
Many will say to me on that day,"Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Mark 9:38-40:
"Teacher, said John, we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."
"Do not stop him, Jesus said, no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us."
So does it mean that those in the first passage drove out demons by some other power rathet than God's? On the other hand, Jesus says Satan cannot drive out himself, for then his kingdom cannot
could anyone explain it to me regarding the above versus
Post by : jinsonmc2004  View Profile    since : 5 Nov 2007

Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 5 Nov 2007 12:35:25 PM Close
Dear "jinsonmc2004"

These people made certain claims. there is nothing in the scriptures to suggest that they had actually done what they claimed. We see the same thing today, particularly in so-called "healing ministries" conducted by wealthy, high-profile "evangelists". Claims are made, but what is the reality?

Those who make these claims without truth bring the name of our Saviour into disrepute in the eyes of the world. God will not hold them guiltless.

Your brother in Christ,

John Miller

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Reply by : trds   View Profile   Since : 5 Nov 2007 3:09:07 PM Close
Dear 'jinsonmc2004',

If I may be of some help to you here is the explanation for your query.

First, it was about False prophets, whom Jesus will try on the judgment day when they claim that they did miracles in His name, that He will say to them that He never knew them; nor did he approve of their works.

These references will help in understanding better:
Psalms 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Corinthians 8:3 and 1 John 2:19

Second, it is not clear about whom it was spoken of, but the reference is probably of one of the disciples of John or one of the seventy, whom Jesus sent. In all probability he was using the name of Jesus for his personal gains, but he was not an exorcist. Therefore, Jesus was saying that such work should not be stopped.

Third, it was about a reference to Beelzebub, who is commonly known as the one highly placed in Hell's hierarchy, by whose power Jesus is alluded to have been casting away demons. But Jesus was casting away demons by His own power as the Son of God:

Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Hope this helps.

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