Mark 5:7,8 are our verses today: "And crying out with a loud voice, he said, 'What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.' For he was saying to him, 'Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.'" The demonic inside the man knew who Jesus was. Surely they'd encountered each other in heaven before the Satanic rebellion. Look at what how he addressed Jesus:
1. By his personal name: Jesus, the Savior of the world.
2. Son of the Most High God.
He knew he was Jesus, the Savior. He knew Jesus was God's Son, the Son of the Father who is higher than any other god, the "Most High God." Do you know this about Jesus? Do you believe this about Jesus?
Many want to argue that Jesus was just a prophet, a good teacher, a very moral man. Yet the invisible, eternal world always recognizes his true identity. Do you? Recognizing who Jesus is is the beginning of an eternal, intimate relationship with him.
Notice the demon didn't want Jesus to "torment" him. I wonder if this demonic agency knew that God the Father had created hell to be a place for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). I wonder if he knew eventually he would be cast into this place of eternal torment. He not only didn't want it to happen but he didn't want it to happen now.
Jesus "was saying" to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit." The "was saying" is in the imperfect tense in the Greek, implying Jesus made this command several times, perhaps over and over again. The demonic world can be stubborn, not wanting to give up its possession of a life. But Jesus was us whole, clean from the filth of evil. He would do anything, even die, to make us clean.
Demons believe who Jesus is. But they don't believe in what he has done for us on the cross. Both are necessary to be clean from sin and protected fully from the demonic world.
I pray you will know both today.