Why Did Jesus Allow The Demons To Enter Into The Pigs?

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Why would Jesus not save the pigs with the man?

Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-17, Luke 8:26-37

Everything that Jesus did was done with purpose.

Insight: Pigs
Under the Old Covenant, was an unclean animal (Deuteronomy 14:8).
In the New Testament, they are illustrated as sin (2 Peter 2:22)

Jesus explained with the illustration of the pigs that those who are unclean (being in sin) will be used and then terminated by the enemy of our souls. 

2 Timothy 2:26

Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

Another lesson that Jesus revealed was that with humanity, being created in God’s image means more to Him than animals. Jesus protected the man from being killed by the demons but allowed them to go into the pigs to make it crystal clear how much He loves us.

The demons called themselves Legion, think about that for a moment. A Roman legion was comprised of 5000 men. Demons hate humanity so much that they would go to any length if necessary to destroy us. 

Another reason that many demons went into the man was to make it harder for an exorcist to cast it out, being stronger in numbers. They wanted to make sure that their assignment would be completed but they did not put Jesus in their equation. 

Those who put animals above people have a love that’s twisted. We must be kind to animals but never in any circumstances choose an animal over a person. 

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Can A Christian Be possessed By A Demon?

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Exodus 3:1-5

Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed. 3 So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
“Here I am,” he answered.
5 “Do not come closer,” He said. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

When God touched the ground, there was a radius around the bush that became holy or separated from the rest of the ground. Anything that God touches becomes like Him, holy. When Moses saw the burning bush and heard the voice of God calling him, he was immediately warned not to step on the ground that was made holy by God’s presence. Moses was instructed to take off his sandals which carried dirt that wasn’t made holy and it was prohibited from mixing it in with the rest that was under God.

Insight: Holy

Holy means to be set apart for God’s use and it also refers to being made clean by having our sins forgiven in Christ Jesus. God must clean us up first before we can become effective 

When the Holy Spirit indwells a believer, the inner man is made holy because of God’s presence in his soul. That is made evident in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
 which says, 16 Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.

Anything unauthorized or unclean (evil spirits), cannot take residence within us, where we have been made holy due to the Holy Spirit’s presence in our hearts.

To say it plainly, no demonic spirit can possess a believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit.