“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?” James 2:19-20
There are demons and they believe in God. They all know that there is a God. It seems that at times we don’t believe that Satan and demons are real. The demons know the scripture. They know every Word that God has written in the Bible and they can quote the scripture better than we can. This doesn’t mean that they are going to heaven and that there is not a hell. It means that the demons know their enemy. Just as we need to know our enemy and how they can fool us into following them. Demons know who Jesus is and they fear Him. “He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him. And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who he was.” (Mark 3:11-12) The demons know that there is a place of punishment. “The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.” (Luke 8:31) They believed and trembled. Yes, Satan and his demons know that they will face God’s judgement and punishment. That is why they are raging today, because they know that their time is short. “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” (Revelation 12:11-12) It is not a saving experience to believe and tremble. A person can be enlightened in their mind and even stirred in their heart and be lost forever. True saving faith involves something more, something that can be seen and recognized, a changed life.