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Secret Weapon? ~ JC Calkins

Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Category: demons | Comments

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I don’t touch on the subject of demons very often in these writings but it’s not because I don’t think they are real or important, quite the contrary I think they are very real and incredibly important, but as threats. Generally, I don’t focus on the demons themselves because I’d rather focus more on the cure than on the disease. “When an evil spirit comes out of a person, it travels through dry places looking for a place to rest, but it finds none.” (Matthew 12:43 ERV). This scripture and the verses which follow lead most Pastors and Theologians (biblical experts) to dwell on the dangers of emptiness, the spiritual, legal rights of demons and the multiplication threats of resumption. Essentially the “how to’s” of avoiding them or inviting them into our lives initially or subsequently. These are important understandings but not for today. The subject or question of why demons only travel through “dry places” is the focus of this article. I spent quite a bit of time the other day agonizing and praying over why Jesus insisted upon His own water baptism with John, since He was without sin and needed no “cleansing”. Baptism is both a declaration of faith (which He didn’t seem to need either) and a part of being born again, or starting anew, dying and emerging which He knew was already coming. It also involves cleansing. I prayed a lot and then concluded that since a single baptism covers past, present and future, maybe there was a deeper point to be made here. Although the Jesus never sinned himself, he took upon himself, the sins of the world, past, present and future, On the cross a couple of years later. We are told to be baptized, to first receive the Holy Spirit. There’s that cleansing need again, this time of the “temple” where the Spirit shall rest with us.

Demons avoiding wet places is interesting. The full emersion baptism is about as wet as it gets for us, physically speaking. Then there’s this: “He died to make the church holy. He used the telling of the Good News to make the church clean by washing it with water.” (Ephesians 5:26 ERV). Cleansing through the Word of God, is also scripturally connected to water. And then: “I will bless the sheep and the places around my hill. I will cause the rains to fall at the right time and will shower them with blessings.” (Ezekiel 34:26 ERV). God’s blessings are showered upon His people like water. And: “The last day of the festival came. It was the most important day. On that day Jesus stood up and said loudly, “Whoever is thirsty may come to me and drink. If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from their heart. That is what the Scriptures say.” Jesus was talking about the Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given to people, because Jesus had not yet been raised to glory. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit.” (John 7:37-39 ERV). I don’t believe that any of this is a coincidence, rather the work of the Holy Spirit who spotlighted Matthew 12:43 above today with a special emphasis poor me on the “dry places”. Finally I can’t neglect the biggie: “And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15 ERV). Water in a variety of forms, seems to take an uncomfortably healthy toll on demons such that purging and water are synonymous. The pigs even ran into the water to douse the demons in Luke 8:33 and Matthew 8:31. Jesus knew more than we do so that’s always a good place to start seeking answers. Let’s start with some serious baptism.

 

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