Yester night, I attended Bro. Johnson’s spiritual meeting at Christ Church, Jebel Ali. Bro. Sudheer, in his opening address to the gathering made an interesting observation that not only took me by surprise but also blest me tremendously! The following notes are a transliteration of what he said to the gathering:
Paul in his letter to the Colossians shares a wonderful revelation that makes ‘dealing with satan and his temptations’ so very easy! He says that we, who are buried with HIM in baptism have also RISEN with HIM (through faith in the one who raised Him). And now that you are dead in your sins, you have also been forgiven of your sins and so, HE has blotted out the ‘sentence’ (eternal death) against us by nailing it on the cross.
The following verse is a verse to always keep in our hearts to remind us that satan has NO POWER against those who are IN CHRIST …
Colossians 2:15 - And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
I have underlined the words SPOILED, SHOW and TRIUMPHING to help us ‘visualize’ the sentence rather than just memorize it!
SPOILED: To understand ‘spoil’ we need to visualize a winning army on a battlefield. The soldiers take all the ‘spoils’ from the war. Anything that is valuable is stripped off the enemy. Even the whole kingdom, palaces and the treasury. The enemy is humiliated! Made utterly POWERLESS! Brought down to his knees!
Jesus did just that by descending into hell and taking away the keys of Satan’s kingdom from him! Jesus has ‘spoiled’ satan’s very stronghold and his power!
SHOW: In Roman times, any person caught for any crime was punished and then stripped and parade in the streets such that all those who saw him would be reminded of the fate that would be theirs if they ever committed that crime.
Jesus has made an open exhibit of satan, showing everyone that he is no longer powerful!
TRIUMPHING: When a king won a battle, he would usually have a celebrate his victory with his subjects. He would even go to the extent of building monuments like ‘triumphal arches’ to forever remember the achievement.
Jesus celebrates His triumph over hell and satan’s powers and wants us to join in with him to celebrate this victory.
Satan can only make suggestions that are contrary to the Word Of God. He is on the prowl to deceive and rob us of our peace through deception. But if you know the truth, you can never be deceived!
Jn 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE TRUTH THAT WILL SET YOU FREE FROM ANY BONDAGE!