Introduction Watchman Nee is famous for his explanation of mankind as being comprised of three parts: body, soul, and spirit (1 Thess 5:23). As such, the goal of every believer is to grow to maturity in the faith (Eph 4:13, Heb 5:14, 6:1). This concept implies that the believer not simply grow in the knowledge of God, but that the believer grow in spiritual intimacy and sensitivity toward the Holy Spirit, so that he or she learns to be led by the Holy Spirit, not allowing the lower “soulish” or “bodily” realms to rule over or ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit that communes with man’s spirit.
However, just as physical disease and illness can cause one to struggle to hear the Holy Spirit speak, so also the demonic realm seems to attack the soulish realm of man with the same goal in mind (i.e. to distract the person from hearing God speak). The enemy is a dirty fighter and seeks to enslave men’s minds, will, or emotions by tempting him to open a legal door or loophole in which the enemy can distract, divert, or destroy a person through sucking that person into various bondages, or hiding and working subtly through already generationally opened doors that were never closed.
Recently I’ve been investigating, and I am now starting to study one aspect of Yeshua’s ministry that has long been ignored in most western conservative Christian and academic circles. That ministry is Yeshua’s “deliverance” ministry. In fact, 1/3rd of the chapters in the book of Luke deal with demonic encounters and people receiving deliverance from the influence of demonic entities, while 7 out of 16 chapters in Mark (44%) and 7 out of 28 in Matthew (25%) address the same.
The fact that Yeshua’s deliverance ministry was emphasized significantly in Scripture, but is now all but ignored in Seminary study and typical Christian life, leads one to wonder what happened? Why have we lost this knowledge? What are the implications of losing this knowledge and ignoring this element of ministry, and can we or should we dive deeper to understand it today, considering the significant rise in supernatural interests of an unholy kind prevalent in the modern world today?
Over the next few weeks, we will dive into this—sometimes controversial—topic, and see what we can learn about this important and often ignored element of Christian faith and practice.