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What are the signs that a person has been delivered?

Is demon possession real? Can demons re-enter a "delivered" body?

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1. What are the signs that Deliverance is taking place or that the person has been delivered?

There are no outward signs today that deliverance is taking place other than the fulfilling of Bible prophecy bringing ever closer the day of Christ’s return.

Our deliverance from sin and death is not based on outward signs but on faith. Faith is the belief that what God has promised in the scriptures he will certainly do. To be delivered we must believe God.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

To believe we must read and understand the word of God.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The word of God is contained in the gospel preached by Jesus Christ.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

The giving of Jesus’ life for the forgiveness of our sins and his resurrection from the dead for our justification is recorded in the Bible.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Our deliverance depends upon obeying the gospel that Jesus preached.

Mark 16:15... Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved...

When we put on Christ in baptism we become heirs of the promise made to Abraham. The promise is resurrection from the dead to eternal life in the kingdom of God.

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

The promise of deliverance is immutable and requires no outward signs today. The sign that God gave was the resurrection of Jesus Christ to eternal life. In Christ we believe that God has forgiven our sins and delivered us from eternal death.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

We are saved by hope; patiently waiting for the promise.

Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

We look for the day of Christ’s return.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2. What are the chances of the spirits one has been delivered re-entering the body?

This question is based on a false belief that spirits are supernatural entities. Evil spirits, unclean spirits or demons are personifications in the New Testament of mental illness. In the same way that Jesus could heal physical illness he could also heal mental illness. The spirit of man is his mind, the way he thinks and acts. There are no apostles with the Holy Spirit today to heal mental illness. There is no recorded incident in the New Testament where a mental illness returned to one who had been healed.

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils (demons, called ‘unclean spirit’ v29) were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind...

The idea that we do evil because we are possessed by an evil spirit is not supported in scripture. We do evil of our own volition.

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

James explains what happens:

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

In Matthew 12 Jesus is speaking in a parable which is not to be understood literally. He is describing the decline into worse evil of the nation of Israel when the cleansing effect of his 3.1/2 years of preaching was discarded and forgotten. The result was AD70 and the destruction of the Temple.

Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

There are no supernatural spirits which can literally enter us in the first place so it is certain that they cannot return.

May I suggest that you read:

Do You Believe in a Devil?

Demons...:

If you then have further questions, please ask.

I hope you have found this helpful.

May God bless you,
Glenn,
www.thisisyourbible.com

 
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