“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:The evidence of Jesus’ triumph over principalities and powers is the believer he displayed as the proof of that victory.
We have investigated into the word “them” in verse 15 of Colossians 2 and we saw that it infers two different persons. Hence, the text is better read as “having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of us openly, triumphing over them in it”.What he disarmed him of, that means the triumph is in that display. So, how does this come in? The writer of Hebrews in chapter 2 gives us a lead, it reads “For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death, he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15). The word destroy implies to annul; to make something not visible again. For instance, when something has expired, it will still be in existence but has lost its power and virility. So, let’s backtrack to Colossians 2:15 and answer the next question: How did he spoil principalities and powers?
The pretext explains how he spoiled principalities and powers, it reads “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in outing off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. Buried with him in baptism wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:13-15). In verse 12, Paul focused on the offering of Jesus, his death, burial and then his resurrection (raised from the dead). That means that it is upon his resurrection that the believer was displayed as the proof of that disarming. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Know your realities in Christ!
PRAYER:Thank you Lord for the revelation of your word that grows big on my inside every day, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Upon resurrection, the believer was displayed as the trophy of Jesus’ victory.
DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3