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Can a believer be possessed by a demon? Can demons attack us?
1 John 4:4 says
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
"He that is in you" refers to God, and more specifically, the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer since the moment of believing in Christ through the gospel.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
There are a number of examples of people who were possessed by a demon, but none of them were believers. The demoniacs of Gadara (Matthew 8:28; Mark 5:2) are them most startling examples of demon possession. These show us the extreme change that came upon them once Christ had driven the demons from them. These were not mere problems such as "demons of depression" or "demons of mental illness" or "demons of alcoholism", but true possession of a demonic spirit.
Were Ananias and Sapphira believers? Yes. They were true followers of Christ, who possessed eternal life and are now in heaven. They were in the "congregation of those who believed" (Acts 4:32) and were involved with the Holy Spirit (v. 3), but remained hypocrites. They sinned under the influence of Satan. Satan did not indwell or possess them, but he rather slyly suggested this sin of hypocrisy in their mind or heart.
Shad David Sluiter
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Even the one with highest beliefs will get tested sometimes.
Posted 2011-09-09 10:20:52
1. Can a believer be possessed by a demon? Can demons attack us?
Rui Te, Unregistered
.... hm... it depends on what kind of believer he/she is, i dont think a true believer can be possess by the demon because The Holy Spirit is in us, we submit ourself to The Lord whole heartedly and let God to take control of our self, so i dont think that a tru believer can be posses by the Demon. But somehow according to one of my friend, he told me that there are some other reasons could be accepted as exceptional when a demon possess the Christian, and this happen in the theology school, there is a student was possessed due to his family background was involve in the practice of dark arts...... anyway i still think that a true believer is unable to be posses, i think there must be something behind the incident that we don't know.
Posted 2011-08-01 08:10:55
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