“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.
Yesterday, we considered how Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and made a shew of them openly, triumphing in it. How did He do this? 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).
Upon His resurrection the believer was displayed as the proof of that disarming. The term “made a shew” is a compound word, translated from the Greek word “deigmatizo”. It means to make an example that other things will follow and see. The word “openly” is the Greek “parrhesia”, which is the same word used for freedom of expression (speech) or boldness. Apostle John translated the word “Parrhesia” as “confidence” in 1st John 5:14. Meaning, Jesus made a shew of us in confidence. The term “triumphing over” is the Greek “thriambeuo” and it implies where victory is displayed; used for receiving trophies (laurels), that is, the proof of victory. So triumphing over them has to do with what He displayed as a proof of what he did.
It should be noted that the one who was under the enemy’s siege was the unsaved man; he was the one delivered and displayed at resurrection. So Jesus is the pattern of everyone who has been taken from the hold of the enemy via the forgiveness of sin; he’s Christ’s prized possession, a trophy of His victory. Jesus displays victory over Satan through those that believe and since the church is the trophy of Christ’s resurrection, it implies that the display was done openly on earth. In Hebrews 2:14-15 that we referenced earlier, the writer used two key words, “destroy” and “deliver” in driving home his message. The word “destroy” was translated from the Greek word “katargeo” which implies to render powerless or useless. The word “deliver” is the Greek “apallasso” which means to release. This shows that the proof of Christ’s victory are the released and the delivered – the believers. Jesus, by his sacrifice, nullified the authority of the devil by dying, and setting the men free. Everyone who is a believer will follow that pattern; by His death, He delivered them who through their life time were subject to bondage and sets a pattern. Therefore, the believer as Christ’s prized possession requires sound knowledge to enjoy the benefits of His union with the Father. Halleluiah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Go after knowledge.
PRAYER: I affirm that I am established firmly in the written word of God hence, I can never be stranded in life – Glory!
QUOTE: Righteousness is not the absence of sin in a man but the presence of God in a man.
DAILY READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 3