Mk.1:23-27 – Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, “What business do you have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are: the Holy One of God!” And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” After throwing him into convulsions and crying out with a loud voice, the unclean spirit came out of him.
No one had ever seen authority and power to drive out demons until the ministry of Jesus burst on the scene. Deliverance was quite common in His ministry. You saw spirits that caused paralysis, deafness, blindness, immorality, insanity as well as suicidal and murderous spirits driven out. Why was Jesus able to drive out demons? Why were His followers able to do the same? Brian Simmons touches on this in his comments about today’s verses.
“The demon knew Jesus’ true identity before the people did. This is not so much a question (Have you come to destroy us?), but rather an assertive and defiant declaration. There is no question mark in the Greek text. The demonized man was apparently comfortable in the presence of the religious teachers, but when Jesus stepped into the room, he spoke out and couldn’t resist the power of Jesus.”
So why exactly is this possible? First, the authority Jesus carried came from Who He is. Secondly, it was the power of the anointing upon Jesus that drove demons out. After the day of Pentecost that same power was operating in His sons and daughters. We have also been given authority as well as power to drive spirits out. We are now sons and daughters of God. The blood of Jesus purchased us from the devil’s domain. On the day of Pentecost we were filled with power over all evil spirits. We carry authority and power over all the power of the enemy.
So it’s not knowing a formula or knowing a particular technique that enables us to drive out spirits. It’s simply because we have been washed from our sin by the power of the blood of Jesus and have been filled with Pentecostal power from on high. It’s the anointing that makes the difference. Deliverance is not a struggle when you are filled with the power from on high.