Bible Study Outlines

Volume 1, Lesson 14
by C.I. Scofield


The New Testament Scriptures bear abundant testimony to the existence and personality of demons.
  1. The origin of demons
    As to the origen of demons, nothing is clearly revealed. They are not identical with the fallen angels mentioned in 2Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6, for these are imprisoned while demons are free. They are called the "angels" (messengers) of Satan (Matthew 25:41), and it may be inferred that they fell with him.
  2. Demons are personal spirits
  3. They are Satan's agents Satan is not omnipresent (for that is only a divine attribute), but the demons are so numerous that through them, Satan is active practically everywhere.
  4. They seek embodiment
    The demons, being spirits, are capable of entering into and controlling the actions of both humans and beasts. But there is no instance of the demon possession of a Christian.
  5. Scripture discriminates demon influence from demon possession
    1. Demon influence
    2. Demon possession
  6. Characteristics and work of demons
    1. Their characteristics
    2. Their work
      1. They simulate physical and mental illnesses in those whom they possess. Note that real mental disease is to be distinguished from mental disorders produced by demon possession.
      2. Demon influence may manifest itself in religious asceticism, fanaticism, and false teaching
      3. Demons maintain conflict with believers who seek true spirituality
      4. Demons know their eternal fate of torment
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