Calling Demons By Name

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

Mark 9:25

Jesus here performs one of his many exorcisms in the gospels. This time it with a boy with a spirit who makes him mute and causes him to have seizures. I want us to pay attention to the mechanics of the way he performed his deliverance, particularly this detail:

For those interested in more about practical demonology, I would recommend Carlos Annocondia’s Listen to Me, Satan!

Jesus, when delivering the boy, called out the demon by name.

He called the demon a “mute and deaf spirit.” I think this is insightful revelation into the spirit realm.

It seems plausible to suggest that there are demons who have a specific task assigned to them. For this boy it was not just any ol’ demon that was oppressing him, but specifically, as Jesus describes, a “mute and deaf spirit.”

There’s a reason why I think people operating in deliverance ministries have a vocabular of rebuking the “spirit of x” or the “spirit of y”. I find it useful to gain insight into what type of demon I’m working with when performing deliverance.

I just wanted to point out from this passage how that seemed to be Jesus’ strategy when performing exorcisms.


Phil Chan
Phil Chan
Phil has been writing for over 15 years. His passion is to help people see God and to live a life that matters.

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