The Devil has no more power of people then what they give him; he has been disarmed!
Colossians 2:15 “15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
For starters Satan was never equal to God and does not have supernatural powers to make people do his bidding. The only power he had was what Adam gave to him in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 1:26 & 28 we read where God gave man all authority over everything on earth, but in Genesis 3:17 we read the results of Satan’s deception and the fall of man. The power of death and turmoil has been held over man’s head till Jesus died for all sins on the cross. To disarm an enemy is to take away his weapons, but Satan’s defeat was much more than that. APEKDUOMAI is a Greek word originally written by Paul and to his readers in the day of the Colossians and many of whom were Romans, it carried a heaver meaning even then just being disarmed. King James Version used the word “spoiled” which is closer to the actual meaning of APEKDUOMAI which means to “divest wholly oneself”. When food is spoiled the bacteria has grown to the point the food is worthless, the situation cannot be reversed. In Roman times when an opposing king was conquered it was said that he had been “APEKDUOMAI- spoiled” by the opposing army which meant the Roman army strip away anything of power from the king and his men. Jesus did just that, He stripped away everything Satan had that could be harmful to us which takes us to the second half of verse fifteen.
Also in Roman times when a General had a great victory over a strong opposing king, the General was allowed to have a parade through the streets. The General was always in front with his men behind, followed by the king of the opposing army and any solders still alive along with all of their possessions. The conquering General was allowed to keep the “spoil” meaning all of the possessions taken during battle. The original KJV read, “He made a “shew” of them openly”. THRIAMBEUO is the Greek word used for “shew” which is, ”to make an acclamatory procession”. This is what the Romans called a “triumphant procession” as I mentioned earlier. Once again people of Paul’s day would have had a much stronger word picture than we do today because the conquered king being led in this Roman triumphant procession would have been stripped naked, tied to a horse, and most likely would have had his thumbs and big toes cut off. The purpose of this was to show the people that this king did not have any power left or he would not have allowed himself to be put in this position. By cutting off his thumbs and toes was to comfort the people in that he would never be able to hold a sword or weapon or run in battle again. Without holding a sword and leading an army he could never be a powerful king again. In fact the most he could do for the rest of his life would be to hobble as a beggar since he could not work either. This took away any fear or doubt from the people of ever being tormented by this king or his men ever again. Jesus spoiled Satan at the cross and resurrection.
The only other time THRIABEUO is used in the New Testament is in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place”. We are led in triumph by our King and Conqueror with our enemy “Satan” being drug behind. The problem is most of the church today has no idea the parade has already happened. What we must do today is pick up the parade and show the rest of our fellow believers that Satan is a defeated foe. And the best way to do this is to walk in this triumphant procession with Christ in our lives daily.
Today the only weapon Satan has against God’s children is doubt and deception. In Ephesians 6:11 it is called the wiles of the Devil, in 2 Corinthians 11:14 he transforms himself into an angel of light, in Colossians 1:13 he has the power of darkness which keeps us from seeing spiritually clear, and in Matthew 24:4 he can come in the form of a man with his deception. Jesus triumphed over Satan and gave us His victory. Let’s walk in that victory, let’s have our own parade today and show the world that in Him all things are possible. You can read more on what little power Satan has and who is truly is, in my book “God is Not Mad at You.”
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