23 Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, 24 “What do You have to do with us, Jesus—Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.
Why wouldn’t Jesus allow the demon to say the truth about who He was?
What we first have to understand is even if a false teacher says or teaches one part of Scripture correctly and we accept it, we unknowingly will give him legitimacy as being a true Christian or even worse, God is using him. Those who witness us accept it will think that it is okay to believe some of their teachings as from the Holy Spirit, even though a false teacher does not have the Holy Spirit. Remember, false teachers are used by demons (1 Timothy 4:1-3) and their purpose is to teach the truth with small lies. Deception sounds like the truth and if we are not in the Word we won’t be able to see his true intentions behind his message. By accepting a teaching from someone who is false, you are putting yourself in danger and others to be deceived.
Never ever receive a doctrine, even if it sounds correct from a person that you know full well believes in unbiblical doctrines because it will always contain lies.
Let me illustrate it this way. When we go fishing, we must first deceive the fish with the bait. The bait is real but wrapped over a deadly hook. The fisherman allows the fish to nibble on the bait which is seemingly harmless until it tries to swallow all of it and in the process gets hooked.
That is how a false teacher directed by demons work. They will give you the truth as they hear it from true Christians because believe me, they didn’t get it from the Holy Spirit since they are devoid of Him. Once you have accepted some of their teachings, they will introduce their erroneous ones and it will be more palatable for you to receive it.
Now, we understand why Jesus didn’t accept the demon’s confession because the demon wasn’t really there to promote Jesus, just like a false teacher.
If Jesus would have allowed the demon to speak and proclaim who He was without the demon being rebuked by Him, it would have been easier for the evil spirit to deceive the crowd. Once the demon saw that they believed him, he would have introduced a false narrative of Jesus to deceive them all.
1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him;
There’s a lot of wolves dressed as sheep and look just like the real McCoy making it very difficult to spot and it’s only going to get worse. I have spotted plenty of them climbing over my fence or wall of protection in a spiritual sense. The Lord put in my heart and has given me the desire to read His Word daily. By reading His Word every day, you develop “Jesus-filtered” glasses that could see the special heat signature only a wolf produces, seeing right through its sheep clothing. How exactly does this work?
The more you get familiar with God’s Word, the easier it is to spot false doctrine. The Greek word for teaching is didaché (did-akh-ay’) meaning teaching, doctrine, what is taught in the whole Bible. If anyone puts on your table anything that contradicts the person of Jesus Christ (His deity, virgin birth and His death and resurrection), how to get saved, the Word of God contains errors, that person is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Do not support or participate spiritually in anyway with a person who has a twisted view of Holy Scripture. The way Satan is going to penetrate your wall and attack you is by first destroying your trust in God’s Word, which is vital in strengthening one’s faith.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Some of the demonic tactics are to question the New Testament Greek manuscripts and say that the early Christians changed certain words or even that we are using the wrong name of Jesus. In the Greek NT manuscript the name of Jesus is Ἰησοῦς which is transliterated as Iesous which means Jesus but that we should use Yeshua, the Hebrew equivalent and make it seem like you can’t trust the original name of Jesus which in God’s sovereignty, He allowed “Iesous” to be recorded and spread throughout the Gentile nations.
God inspired the NT in Greek. Why? Because it was the predominant language in its day as it was the language of commerce like English is for us today. Satan loves to attack God’s Word because without it you are defenseless like a lamb without a shepherd in the midst of lions and wolves. My brothers and sisters in Christ, read God’s Word daily and through prayer, stay vigilant because just as 1 Peter 5:8 states “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” Demons have their own doctrine and it will sound pretty close to the original so we must be students of the Word lest we believe in demonic doctrine thinking we’re believing in God’s Word. The enemy of your soul would do anything to make you challenge God’s Word because the result of that would be losing your trust in the Bible you hold in your hands and thus defeating you.