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The Sons of Sceva

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A Sermon on Acts 19:13-16

Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (ESV)

Do you truly know Christ, or do you simply know about him? Many in the modern church are like the sons of Sceva, they know of Christianity, but they are not truly regenerate. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Acts 19:13-16, they have yet to give up their worldly ways and believe in the truth of the Gospel. Many associate themselves with the church for social or financial gain. They are self-deceived hypocrites who try to use Christianity for worldly gain and pleasures. Many of these people are simply humanists or socialists who use Christianity as a platform for their ideologies. This kind of association for gain has been prevalent whenever Christianity is seen as socially expedient. But this has the terrible effect of creating false believers who have never truly believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ or repented of their sins. This is why there are so many Christians who resemble the world more than Christ. The answer to this is a call to true faith in the only Gospel that can save. It is a call for men to turn from their sins and hypocrisy and be born again to a new life in Christ. The church must be clear that to be a Christian you must have been regenerated and given a new nature that comes from the work of the Holy Spirit.