“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession” (James 1:18 NLT)
LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer is the trophy of Christ’s victory.
Every believer is supposed to see and walk in the light of his identity in Christ. Such will create an indomitable and winning consciousness in the believer. By sound teachings, our minds should be trained to think, see and act from the stand point of the written word. It will make our conviction firm and our persuasion sharp. Our heritage is in Christ. “…And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we maybe also glorified together” (Romans 8: 16:17). In Christ, we share same heritage in power, dominion and in sufferings. James in our theme text calls the believer, Christ’s prized possession, something Apostle Paul makes clearer in Colossians 2:15 ” And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” The word “spoiled” was translated from the Greek word “apekduomai”, meaning to strip off, or to disarm. In this context, it means to plunder, that is, upon obtaining victory in a battle, conflict or war, the victor takes away spoils of war that the opponent used to own. So in disarming the opponent, the opponent is stripped off of what he used to have. The use of the words “them” inferred two different persons; in the first instance, the word “them” is translated from a Greek word which can also be translated as “us”. Meaning that the text can be better understood as: “… he made a shew of us openly, triumphing over them in it” Therefore, it will be better understood as “….having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of us openly, triumphing over them in it” What he disarmed him of, is in that display- the triumph.
Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “….. that through death, he might destroy him that had power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” The word “destroy” implies to annul; to make something not viable again. But how did Jesus spoil principality and power? The pretext explains this: “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting 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 2:11-12).
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities in Christ
PRAYER: I affirm that in Christ, I have all sufficiency -GLORY!
QUOTE: The believer in Christ is the trophy of His victory over Satan.
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15