“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them triumphing over them in it” – Colossians 2:13-15

LIGHT FOR NOW:It takes critical investigation of details to arrive at proper bible interpretation.

In our previous study where we examined the concept of expiation bringing to the fore that the handwriting of ordinances which was against us has been blotted out, we saw verse 13 and explored carefully verse 1 of the above text. In this study of the believer being the trophy of Christ’s victory, we will explore verse 15 of the above text. The way the verse 15 of the above text has been interpreted in church would today which obviously must have been because of the way the King James translated it is;

  1. Jesus had spoiled principalities and powers and;
  2. Jesus made a shew of them (that is, principalities and powers including the devil and his cohorts) openly.
  3. In making shew of them (principalities and powers) openly, he equally triumphed over them (that is, over principalities and powers). In other words, he triumphs in that open shew of principalities and powers. That’s how the text has been interpreted above.

Nothing is wrong in the number one interpretation above. But when we get to the second and the third which follows, we miss it in who Jesus made an open shew of; Did he make an open show of the devil (principalities and powers) or he made a show of the believer? It might interest you to know that the issue in the above text lies in the word “them”. Two “them” are used in verse 15 but these two “them” refers to two different personalities. So, let’s begin to investigate the text exegetically. The word “spoiled” in the above text was translated from a Greek word that means to strip off, or to disarm. In this context, this word “spoiled” means to plunder. It implies that upon obtaining victory in a conflict or battle or war, the victor takes away spoils of way that the opponent used to own. The term “spoil” means that what the victor takes from the opponent now becomes his. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study the bible carefully.

PRAYER:Revelation knowledge grows big on my inside, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Studying the bible is not done in a hurry, if you are in a hurry while studying, then you are in a hurry to misinterpret the bible.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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