I’ve been reading something that says, “The devil always flees from the name of Jesus.” Is that true? Once again, the Bible offers us help for the answer.
It is true that Jesus has all power over the devil and his evil spirits. They feared him, were subject to him and were aware of their future punishment from him.
The Holy Spirit has James to remind us to “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
But is the name of Jesus to be used as some kind of magical phrase that automatically causes all evil to disappear?
Luke tells us about an interesting event that might help us here.
God was doing some extraordinary miracles through Paul in the city of Ephesus. Some Jews tried to use the name of Jesus to drive out evil spirits. Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish priest, were doing this. They would say, “In the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” When they tried to do this, the evil spirit said to them, “Jesus I know and Paul I know about, but who are you?”
The evil spirit jumped on the men and gave them a beating.
The name of Jesus is not a superstitious, magical phrase to be used to get my way. Jesus is the Son of God who is to be heard, trusted and obeyed.