The book of Colossians makes several references to the “unseen” realm, to the authorities and rulers that operate in the spiritual atmosphere that surrounds us. Realizing we’re functioning in the physical realm, while at war with the demonic realm, shouldn’t cause us to tremble in fear. But we must not ignore the fact that there is a battle occurring with the spiritual forces of evil:
[box]“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)[/box]
We shouldn’t go to the other extreme either, focusing on demonic powers and supernatural darkness, but we should be aware that, although we’re involved in a spiritual battle—Jesus has displayed his power over that realm.
In yesterday’s post, we saw that Jesus cancelled our sin debt by taking our place at the cross. Not only did Jesus cancel the record of debt that stood against us, He disarmed the demonic host that seeks our destruction. We are faced with a real enemy that Jesus warned us about:
[box]“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)[/box]
And 1 Peter 5:8 gives us this sober warning:
[box]“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”[/box]
We need to be watchful and alert, but not fearful. There is no need to fear the demonic force that fights against us because Jesus disarmed the demonic authorities and removed their power to hold us eternally captive by conquering death! How eternally grateful I am that my life is no longer under the authority of a demonic domain! We saw that described in chapter 1:
[box]“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13–14)[/box]
These truths give us reason to glorify God, to rejoice, to express our gratitude and praise. Colossians is rich in doctrine and reminders of God’s saving grace at work in our lives! And chapter 2 highlights the power Jesus displayed in His victory over the demonic realm!
Join me in studying Colossians 2 by reading it again and answering these questions:
- In verse 15 we find an interesting word that is used only 2 times in the New Testament. In most versions it is translated “disarmed” in the KJV it is translated “spoiled.” Use http://biblehub.com/ to look up the Greek word and record its definition. Find the other verse where this word is found (hint: it is in Colossians!). Bible hub provides that information on the page where you see the definition for the Greek word.
- What other references do we see in Colossians chapters 1 and 2 that may be referring to the unseen spiritual realm?
- How do we see the “spiritual forces of evil” at work in our culture?
We serve a powerful Savior. Let’s praise Him for His victorious work at the cross!
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