March 5, 2021

What Does Colossians 2:15 Mean?

What Does Colossians 2:15 Mean?

Colossians 2:15 (NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

 Julie Carruth

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Hey, welcome to the Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

This week, Paul’s been teaching us what it means to be have been brought to fullness in Christ. We’ve learned that we have fully participated in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. We are fully alive in Christ. Our sins are fully forgiven. And today, we learn that we are fully set free from demonic powers. 

As Paul writes here in Colossians chapter 2 verse 15, And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."

The Bible speaks of Satan, fallen angels, evil spirits and demons. All of these powers and authorities hate God and they will do anything to try and turn us away from God. 

But these things no longer have power over us because Christ defeated them on the cross. Paul paints us a vivid scene here. In ancient days, large parades that went on for days would celebrate a great Roman victory. The victorious Roman army would march through the streets of Rome and behind them would be the conquered enemies in shackles, heads hanging low humiliated in their defeat. Behind them would be the victorious general seated on a chariot clothed in royal purple. 

Paul says that’s exactly what Jesus did with the cross. Jesus defeated all evil powers and authorities when he died on that cross and rose again. Jesus was the victor and the evil powers and authorities were defeated and shackled. It may have looked like Jesus was the defeated one as he was stripped naked, beaten until he was no longer recognizable, and paraded to that cross being mocked and ridiculed by the people, but God was doing the same thing through the cross to the evil spirits. Christ was winning an incredible victory. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: Christ Jesus our Lord is head over all rulers and authority. And because you are in Christ, you have been freed from the power of demonic forces. 

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