Implications and Applications from the Foregoing

  (1) Demons had some knowledge of God (James 2:14), of Jesus (Mark 1:21-28; 3:11-12; Matthew 8:28-32; Acts 19:11-20). And of his apostles (Acts 16:16-21; 19:11-10) – and in reference to Jesus and his apostles they expressed it through those they possessed – which means there was such a thing as demonic inspiration (but not always communicating truth, as other passages indicate) :

(a) "seducing spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-5);

(b) spirits not of God versus "the Spirit of God" – "spirits of error" versus "Spirits of truth" – "false prophets" versus implied true prophets (1 John 3:24 - 5:6);

(c) spiritual gift of "discernings of spirits" necessitated in assemblies of the saints evidently to guard against impostors (1 corinthians12:10; 14:29);and, today any pretended inspiration of God is false (see 1 Corinthians 13:8-13; cf. Ephesians 4:7-16).

(2) Sorcerers and soothsayers were often able to deceive by means of some sort – whether by Satanic powers of by sleight of hand – but came short of what was done by divine power (see Simon, Acts 8:9-13; Elymas, Acts 13:4-12; sons of Sceva (Acts 19:11-20); Jannes and Jambres (2 Timothy 3:8-9; Exodus 7:8-13, 20-25; 8:1, 16-19); and those of the court of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2, and 4) and Belshazzar (Daniel5).