“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: In Jesus’ triumph over principalities and powers, he made an open shew of the believer.
We’ve said that the misinterpretation of verse 15 of the above text lies in the two uses of the word “them”. Whereas many interpret that word “them” used twice to refer to one group (principalities and powers), that word “them” used twice are to two different groups. We have seen that the word “spoiled” means to disarm or to strip off. This further implies that upon obtaining victory in a conflict or war, the victor takes away spoils of war that the opponent used to own. By using the word “spoil”, it means that what the victor takes from the opponent now becomes his. Meaning, in disarming the opponent, the opponent is stripped of what he used to have. Let’s proceed to the word “them”. Take note at this point that in Colossians 2:15, the use of the word “them” inferred two different persons.
The word “them” (the first instance; “…he made a shew of them”) translated from a Greek word which can also be translated as “us”. It therefore follows that the text can be better understood as: “…he made a shew of us openly, triumphing over them in it”. So, the “them” made a shew of openly is not principalities and powers, but rather “us” the believers; hence, a better translation will be to replace the word “them” with the word us. This analysis now shows you that the word “them” in the second instance (“…triumphing over them”) is in reference to the principalities and powers (the devil). It should be recalled that the disarming is to strip the captor of what he used to own. Therefore, we have: having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of us openly, triumphing over them in it. What he disarmed him of, that means he triumphed in that display. How does this come in? We will see that in proceeding studies. Glory!
INSTRUCTION:The “them” that was made a shew of openly is “us” believers. Read your bible carefully.
PRAYER:My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE:Lack of diligence in the place of study has been the hot bed for interpretation errors.
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4 EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 5