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Colossians 2:15

Our Triumphant God

15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.


W.R. Nicoll has rightly pointed out that, "In this difficult verse the meaning of almost every word is disputed." The fact that this is to be a short, easy to read, daily Bible study makes it even more difficult to know how or where to begin. So, let me begin by saying that the way God has allowed me to understand it is only one of several. The serious reader should obtain some commentaries, study the various interpretations and decide the meaning for himself.

We should begin by asking "About whom is this passage speaking... Jesus or the Father?" It seems to be apparent that it is still speaking of the Father who has worked through His Son, raising Him from the dead and quickening us together with Him (v.12-13). I can find no place where the subject has been changed, although some believe that Paul has the Son as the subject here.

Through God's sacrifice of His Son, the Law was abolished, "and the strength of sin [is] the law." (Galatians 15:56) Sin's power, which is the devil's power, is thus broken by the nailing of the Law to the cross. If we therefore assume that "principalities and powers" refer to evil spiritual entities (and many commentators do not), we will understand Paul to mean that, when sin's power was taken away, those evil servants of the devil were stripped of their power.

God made a public display of His victory over the principalities and powers when Jesus went to the cross. "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!" God's love and forgiveness were demonstrated by the cry of His suffering and dying Son, and the devil was defeated. The forgiveness of sins is the worst thing that could have happened for the devil's cause. "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly." (John 10:10) The thief's mission is dead!

Then God openly triumphed over His enemies "in it," or a better translation would be, "in Him." He visibly won the battle through Jesus Christ. "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." (Acts 2:32-36)

"O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?" Satan has been defeated!

Before The Throne:

Confess that you are freed from sin and give thanks for it. Pray that you will have many opportunities to use your freedom to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Seek His will as to how you should begin. Share the gospel with everyone.

For Further Study:

(v.15)
** having. Gen 3:15; Ps 68:18; Isa 49:24-25; Isa 53:12; Matt 12:29; Luke 10:18; Luke 11:22; John 12:31; John 16:11; Eph 4:8; Heb 2:14; Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2-3, 10; ** principalities. Col 1:16; 2Cor 4:4; Eph 6:12; ** triumphing. Luke 23:39-43; John 12:32; John 19:30; Acts 2:23-24, 32-36;

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