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Exorcism: Tackling The Devil By Word Of Mouth

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Paul himself was an exorcist, expelling demons by profession. He practised his activities of spiritual healing at the command of Jesus Christ and followed in the tracks of Him who liberated people from the rule of the Evil One and his assistants, the demons. As we read in Acts, the apostles performed many signs and wonders, healing the sick and the victims of unclean spirits. Paul was an exorcist, because he was a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. The confrontation with the powers of devil was a struggle, and the expression of that struggle in early Christian literature agrees with data from the gospels. But in the many early Christian texts there was no mention of clear-cut hand-to-hand fight. The duel was rather a contest in words; the exorcist gave a command and the evil spirit felt compelled to obey and to leave his victim in peace.

Keywords: Acts; apostles; demons; devil; exorcist; gospels; Jesus Christ; Paul; unclean spirits; word of mouth

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