Acts 19:15 “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
One of the fundamental needs of a person’s life is to be accepted. To be known by one is good. To be recognized by many is influence. To be known by all is fame.
In this account, the very enemies of God had manifested themselves by taking possession of a human host. We hear of these men, wandering conjurers, who desired to do as the apostles did – cast out demons. It is almost comical to imagine how this exchange played out if it weren’t for the severe consequences that followed.
In copycat fashion, they saw what Paul and his followers had done and decided to try the same. I can imagine their faces when the demons began to speak.
“…Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
Who are you, indeed!
The spirit realm sees things that we cannot. The demons are not all-knowing, nor do they see all things as God does. But what they do know is who belongs to God and who has more power than they possess.
These demons saw the sons of Sceva as pretenders, unsaved, and proud. They were put the worse once they were exposed.
Acts 19:16 “And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
When you enter a venue, be it work or play, it is formidable to be known of your coworkers or your opponent. To be recognized as one possessing skills or talents above another is admirable. But, to be known of God is marvelous!
God knew Moses.
Exodus 33:17 “And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.”
The eternal judgment, punishment, and payment in Hell can only be missed because your name is written in the Book of Life.
Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Having trusted Jesus by faith, my name is there!
Imagine with me. You close your eyes in death, and the next person you see is the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Then to hear Him say, “Welcome home, Paul.”
Faith becomes sight.
He knows everything about us. The number of hairs on our head. The words that we speak – even before we speak them. He knows every work and labor of love that we have done for Him.
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Not only does God know my name, who I am, and what I’ve done, He loves me beyond any human comprehension. Another fundamental need in us is to be loved.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
As you begin your week, take with you the truth of His everlasting love, acceptance, security, and protection. Remind yourself to whom you belong. And when the enemy comes against you, know that if you are saved, they know to whom you belong as well.