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Disarming the Demonic

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:

  1. 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.
  1. What other references do we see in Colossians chapters 1 and 2 that may be referring to the unseen spiritual realm?
  1. 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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2 Comments

  • Pauline Butler

    I have returned and am caught up in the study. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful studying Colossians has been, not only to me but also to share its truths with others. I have also been memorizing 1 Peter. What a difference it makes to be armed with God’s truth. The need for prayer is great. God has been and continues to burden my heart to pray and to pray believing that He will accomplish His perfect will. There is so much to praise Him for and there are so many to intercede for before His throne. Christ Jesus has already triumphed over the wickedness. Praise His name! There is so much I could say. I am so thankful that He has made a way for us to come into His presence. I’m thankful for the reminder in 1 Peter 3:12: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

    On a personal note, my parents are struggling in their old age. My siblings and I are sharing in giving them the help and assistance they need in order to remain at home. I spend approximately one week each month with them. It is a privilege and a joy, but it is also a challenge. Thankful for God’s grace. I see it also as an opportunity to share God’s truth with them and others in my family. It is also an opportunity to be a light in that neighborhood where so much darkness has made its way in over the years since my youth. These are some of the areas in which I do battle in prayer in addition to praying for my husband, children (my son is a police officer, so I am so much more on the alert to pray for other officers and emergency workers), grandchildren, neighbors, friends, church family…the list goes on. I can’t thank you enough, Kim, for leading us in this study. I thank my God for you.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Pauline ~

    Wow, thank you for sharing some of what is going on in your life! During the last four years of my dad’s battle with cancer, I helped with his care, so I know it is tremendously difficult to serve in that way. It is depleting physically, emotionally, and can even take a spiritual toll. I pray that you will sense God’s reassuring presence and care for you as you care for your parents. Memorizing 1 Peter will provide you with solid thinking and nourishment for your soul as you pour yourself out in ministering to them. So glad to hear that you are feeding on the Word that way!

    So thankful to know that you are still pressing into the study of Colossians with us!

    God bless you, friend ~