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Don Stewart :: Where Are the Limitations of Demons?

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Don Stewart
Though demons are powerful, wicked creatures, they do have their limitations. As created beings, there are certain things that they are not able to do.

1. They Are Not Everywhere Present

Unlike God, demons are not everywhere present. They are localized - they can only be at one place at one time. For example, when the demons were indwelling the two men at Gadera (Matthew 8:28-34), they were localized to those two men. When they were driven out of the two men by Jesus, the demons then went into the pigs, and nowhere else. They could not be in more than one place at a time.

2. Powerful But Not All-Powerful

Demons have power, but they are not all-powerful. They cannot do the same things that God does. Their power is limited. Furthermore, they cannot do good works - the sort of works that God does. When Jesus was accused of being demon-possessed the people said.

Others said, These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind? (John 10:21).

Demons have no such miraculous power, neither do they do anything good.

3. Intelligent But Not All-Knowing

The knowledge of demons is limited. As created beings, they are limited in what they know. They cannot read minds and do not know what is going to happen in the future. Therefore we should not attribute more power to them than the Bible does.

Summary

Demons are powerful. Their power should not be underestimated. However they are not all-powerful. There are limits to what they can do. Demons are intelligent, but they are not all-knowing. Demons are also limited in that they can only be at one place at one time. Furthermore, demons only do evil, we never find them doing good works.
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