Colossians 2:14-15 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Today we once again are reminded of the ransom price that Jesus paid for the redemption of our souls. Praise be unto God for the blood of Christ that was shed on the cross, by which all of our sins are forgiven and all of the charges that could be lodged against us before a holy God have been wiped away. They are not merely forgiven, but removed. How thankful we should be for the saving power that is in The Name of Jesus, and the gospel that bears His Name.

But there is another portion of our study that every follower of The Lord needs to understand, and that is that on the cross The Lord Jesus defeated forever the principalities and powers of darkness. The first promise of this victory over Satan and the principalities of darkness was given in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Jesus has defeated our adversary the devil. The victory has been won! Satan has already been defeated, but the ultimate judgment and destruction of the devil has not yet occurred. Thus we are told in Ephesians 6:12,13: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

In Christ, we have victory over the lies and wiles of the enemy. While on earth, Jesus said to the 70 whom He commissioned to go and preach the gospel, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19,20) Yes, Satan is a defeated foe, but until his final demise, “he roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Spiritual warfare is part of the Christian life. Apart from Christ, we are powerless against the enemy. But in Christ, that is by submitting to Him, we have the power of The Spirit of God that enables us to resist his lies and fiery darts. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) Because Jesus Christ has defeated Satan on the cross, we are overcomers. How? “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11) Selah