ACTS xix. 15. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
I. THE character of Christ is studied by evil spirits. The
apathy of men respecting the character of Christ may well
be rebuked by the thoughtfulness of devils.
II. Virtue is respectable and vice despicable even in
hell. Jesus was the perfect example of virtue. Paul
had obtained a supernatural power to expel devils; but
Satan laughed at the professions of the exorcist.
III. Artifice cannot charm the devil out of humanity.
Whatever accessory means are employed, Satan cannot be
expelled but by the Spirit of God.
IV. God employs devils to humble the arrogance of
J. Alexander Maclaren, D.D.