The expulsion of an evil spirit or spirits from a person. Jesus Christ has unique authority as an exorcist. He delegated this authority to the disciples.
Exorcism was practised with varying degrees of success by Jews and pagans
Jesus Christ had unique authority as an exorcist
Mk 1:27 pp Lk 4:36 Mt 12:25-28 pp Lk 11:17-18 The authority Jesus Christ exercised over evil spirits demonstrated that God’s kingly authority was present in him. See also Mt 12:29 pp Mk 3:27 pp Lk 11:21-22 Jesus Christ is the “strong man”. His power over evil spirits shows that Satan is defeated.
Jesus Christ had a general ministry of exorcism
Jesus Christ gave the apostles power to cast out evil spirits
After the ascension the apostles cast out evil spirits
Various symptoms associated with the need for exorcism
Various components of exorcism
Methods of exorcism other than the word of command
On rare occasions an object is used Ac 19:12 This was an unusual demonstration of power in a city noted for magic.
Intensive prayer is sometimes necessary Mk 9:29
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