Devotional Readings

Mark 3:15 – Casting out Devils

One may hear the term New Apostalic Reformation(NAR) today, and if you look into it you will find it a widespread movement, encompassing a number of bizarre groups….many either working to establish the Kingdom on earth now, both religiously and politically, and others restoring miraculous modern day Apostalic powers.
From my reading of scripture, the Apostalic powers were given to those Jesus specifically hand picked and empowered, including the twelve, then eleven and adding Paul. As Gill comments, there may have been some 1st century disciples that also had the miraculous gifts, but none were apostles.
One can visit the Strange Fire conference sessions from a few years ago and read more about this.

Mar 3:13  And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

Mar 3:14  And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

Mar 3:15  And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

cast out G1544  devils: G1140




Thayer Definition:

1) to cast out, drive out, to send out

1a) with notion of violence

1a1) to drive out (cast out)

1a2) to cast out

1a2a) of the world, i.e. be deprived of the power and influence he exercises in the world

1a2b) a thing: excrement from the belly into the sink

1a3) to expel a person from a society: to banish from a family

1a4) to compel one to depart; to bid one depart, in stern though not violent language

1a5) so employed that the rapid motion of the one going is transferred to the one sending forth

1a5a) to command or cause one to depart in haste

1a6) to draw out with force, tear out

1a7) with implication of force overcoming opposite force

1a7a) to cause a thing to move straight on its intended goal

1a8) to reject with contempt, to cast off or away

1b) without the notion of violence

1b1) to draw out, extract, one thing inserted in another

1b2) to bring out of, to draw or bring forth

1b3) to except, to leave out, i.e. not receive

1b4) to lead one forth or away somewhere with a force which he cannot resist

Part of Speech: verb

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G1537 and G906




Thayer Definition:

1) the divine power, deity, divinity

2) a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men

3) evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil

Part of Speech: noun neuter

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: neuter of a derivative of G1142

Old John Gill provides this insight.

Mark 3:14

And he ordained twelve,…. Or made, constituted, and appointed twelve men, out of those he called to him. The Arabic version adds, “and called them apostles”; which seems to be taken out of Luk 6:13.

That they should be with him; constantly, in private and in public; be taken into his family, and reckoned such; be his familiars, and privy to all his affairs; hear all his discourses, and see his miracles; that so they might be trained up and fitted for the great work he designed them for:

and that he might send them forth to preach; the Gospel in Judea first, and then in all the world: for he did not at this time send them to preach, only chose; called, and appointed them; and after they had been with him some time, and were better qualified for such service, he sent them forth, as in Mat 10:1, for this constitution of them was before that mission, and was in order to it.

Mark 3:15

And to have power to heal sicknesses,…. All manner of corporeal diseases that attend men and women:

and to cast out devils; from such who were possessed with them: that is, he chose and appointed them to be his apostles, with a view of conferring such powers upon them hereafter; for as yet, they were not vested with them, nor sent out to exercise them; no, not till near twelve months after.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:17

And these signs shall follow them that believe,…. Not all of them, but some; and not always, only for a time; and which were necessary for the confirmation of the Gospel, and the establishment of Christianity in the world; and not only believing hearers, but believing ministers of the word, are chiefly designed; and this is said, for the encouragement both of those that preach the Gospel, and of them that hear, believe and obey. The Persic version, contrary to all others, reads, “ye shall show signs and wonders to them that believe not”; see 1Co 14:22.

In my name shall they cast out devils; so the Apostle Paul dispossessed the damsel, that had a spirit of divination; commanding the spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, to come out of her, and it did; and evil spirits also went out of others, through his means, by the power of Christ, Act 16:18; and this power continued for a considerable time among the saints: the phrase “in my name”, is in the Arabic version, joined to the word “believe”, in the preceding clause; and is omitted in the Persic version, but is rightly retained by all others in this place; for by the power and authority of Christ, and not their own, and by calling upon, and making use of his name, such miraculous operations were wrought by the apostles:

they shall speak with new tongues: or languages, not such as were new made, and had never been heard and known before; but foreign languages, such as they had never learned, or were able to speak, or understood before; and this not only did the apostles on the day of pentecost, but even common believers at other times, Act 2:4 Act 10:45.

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