“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 is in the resurrection of Jesus that principalities and powers were disarmed.
As the study advanced, we asked a question previously which is; How did he (Jesus) spoil principalities and powers? And contextually (reading from Colossians 2:11-12) lets us see that it was in the resurrection. So, it is upon the resurrection that the believer was displayed as a proof of that disarming. Let’s observe the term “make a shew”. The term “make a shew” is a compound word that was translated from the Greek word “deigmatizo”. It means to make an example; a pattern that is, when you have an example of deigmatizo, other things will follow it. A reference of that word is in Matthew 1:19 which reads “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily”. That word public example means public show, something that people are going to see.
The word “openly” in Colossians 2:15 was translated from a Greek word which is the same word used for freedom of expression (speech) or boldness (it’s the Greek word “parrhesia”). In Hebrews 10:19, that word “parrhesia” was rendered as the English word boldness, it reads “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus”. In 1John 5:14, that word “parrhesia” was rendered as the English word confidence, it reads “And this is the confidence we have with him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us”. Bringing this home to Colossians 2:15; it would imply that “…he made a shew of us in confidence”. The term “triumphing over” being translated implies where victory is displayed. The phrase “triumphing over” was used for receiving trophies, that is, the proof of victory. Triumphing over them has to do with a trophy, a display of trophy. This term “triumphing over” is corroborated in 2Corinthians 2:14 which reads “Now thanks to God, which always can set us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the saviour of his knowledge in every place”.Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge what God in Christ has done for you.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for what you did in which I work in perpetual victory, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The believer is the proof of Jesus’ resurrection.
DAILY READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2