Even Satan Believes In God

You believe that there is one God? Good. Even Satan and his demons believe that and shudder.

But, what does that mean?

Who knows more about God?

The Bible contains many scriptures that give evidence that demons, not only know who God is, but that they also acknowledge Him as the One true God of heaven and earth.

When demons encounter Jesus, they address Him as the Son of God. Consider the man in the church, who has been possessed by an evil spirit:

What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God

Mark 1:24

Not on,t do demons know who God is, they are well-versed in Scripture.

When Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness, he tries to convince Jesus to betray His Father and commit sin by using God’s Word against Him (Matthew 4:1-11).

However; as Satan is aware of the power of Scripture, Jesus can banish His adversary with the Word:

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only. Then the devil left Him, and the angels came and attended to Him.

Matthew 4:10

Whereas demons believe in God and know Him, many humans on the other hand struggle to believe in His existence, let alone acknowledge His omnipresent power. “He (Jesus) was amazed at their lack of faith (Mark 6:6).

When James writes in James 2:19 that even demons believe, he is referring to the fact that demons, unlike humans, know that God is real and that they are aware of the power of His Word.

The Presence Of God Makes Demons Shudder

James 2:19 proclaims that not only do demons know that the Lord is the One true God, but they also shudder in fear at the knowledge of this infallible truth.

Humans receive redemption through salvation and spiritual victory through a revelation of God’s word, both of which are liberating.

Demons however, have always been aware of God’s superiority towards them, additionally, their knowledge of the scriptures foretells that their fate is eternal punishment at His hands:

Then he will say to those on His left, Depart from me, you are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:41

Human confrontation with God produces love, kindness, generosity, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) that is derived from our trust in Him and is thereby freeing.

Demon confrontation produces fear, anger, violence, rebelliousness, and eventually eternal imprisonment.

Consider the reaction of a legion of demons who Jesus is expelling from a man in Matthew 8:29:

What do you want with us, Son of God? They shouted, have you come to tortured us before the appointed time?

Matthew 8:29

Not only do the demons immediately recognize Jesus at a time when His ministry is yet virtually unknown to man, they also panic at His appearance and fear that their foretold fate has arrived to early.

Demons Fear That Our Genuine Faith Will Further God’s Kingdom

As the successive leader of the first church (the Church of Jerusalem) Jame’s missive i intended for his members as (James 2:2), as well as Jewish Christians who have fled persecution and are more in exile in Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch (Acts 11:19) around AD 48.

The key concern that James addressed are the false teachings that have infiltrated the early church, which pose not only a threat to an individual’s salvation but endanger the very foundations of the Bride of Christ.

James earnestly wishes to give revelation to the believers on how to live a life that reflects the heart attitude and servitude that Jesus displayed during His ministry on earth, which will bless others and further God’s ultimate goal of the commission (Matthew 28:19).

James’s argument assumes that his readers have knowledge of God and acknowledge Him as the “One True God” (James 2:19).

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