K Neill Foster

Daily Doctrine

A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster

for March 02, 2024

Sinners Energized by the Devil

Text: ". . . the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient." Ephesians 2:2

Our text describes Satan and his work. Perhaps we can best understand this Scripture if we remember the battery ads which for years featured the Energizer Bunny. Coincidental with the relentless ads about the Bunny was another series of ads promoting Copper Top batteries. (I favored the Copper Top batteries and would have loved to see a Copper Top catching the Bunny by its ears!)

I say all this to get to the verb "energize" which is translated "now at work" in our text. Certainly the devil energizes unbelievers, the disobedient, those who do not believe. Those who are improperly and immaturely focused on spiritual warfare might wish to suggest that all unbelievers are demonized, even "demon possessed."Our text, however, makes it clear that the disobedient are energized, yes, but not controlled or possessed.

This an important distinction in a world more and more dominated by the powers, a world in which Christian believers are increasingly called upon to face demonization on many sides.

This passage helps us never to see demons behind every bush. It keeps us from eccentric and erroneous views. It helps us to understand where the inspiration for evil among unbelievers comes from.

In the end, it turns our attention to the cross and to the blood of Jesus Christ which are the divine remedies for the malevolently energized!