So I just realized why Jesus keeps commanding evil spirits / demons not to reveal His true identity as God who has come to reclaim the earth (as per Psalm 82:8).

It’s tied in with the Messianic Secret, why Jesus similarly told various people not to reveal too much information about Him.

It’s tied in with Judicial Hardening (at least, the Provisionist view of it), why Jesus spoke in parables and gave hard-to-swallow teachings to the general crowd. Israel as the new Egypt with its people the new Pharaoh, hardened in order to achieve the new Passover.

The reason was so that the nation of Israel as a whole would reject Jesus, and thereby crucify Him. And by doing so defeat the power of sin, death and the power of the spiritual forces over the nations. The blessing of Abraham is opened to all peoples, and the Gospel makes them all citizens of the Kingdom of God.

“None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. – 1 Corinthians 2:8” applies to both the spiritual forces (as Dr Heiser states) and also the human leaders of the Jews (as Leighton Flowers uses the passage).

But that’s not the end of the story. Because as Acts 2:22-24,37-41 shows, 3000 of those in the same mob which crucified Jesus repented and now accepted Him! Even the very hands who handed Jesus over to death are offered acceptance into God’s family on earth.

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