Jesus Triumphed Over Them

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The “them” referred to in this verse are the same dark adversaries discussed in Ephesians 6:12, in the chapter where Paul described the Armor of God. It is amazing that Colossians 2:14-15 declares in no uncertain terms that Jesus indeed won the victory for all believers when He completed His work on the cross. Yet, we might wonder why we continue to need our Spiritual armor, fighting and struggling against evil spirits in this world until we are taken home to be with the Lord or Jesus returns.

Perhaps it would be helpful to remember that Satan is very angry because his time is short (read Revelation 12:12) and he wants to use his limited time to do all the damage he can to God’s creation and His children. Could this mean that Satan realizes his efforts failed to destroy Jesus by way of the crucifixion, as evidenced by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?

Regardless of the physical damage he might carry out, we most assuredly have greater spiritual power through the Holy Spirit—who dwells within us—than our evil adversaries (1 John 4:4); Satan and his cohorts cannot obtain any spiritual victory unless believers voluntarily or unwittingly give it to them. The Armor, properly understood and taken up, guarantees this. But above all, the victory of our salvation and eternal life can never be defeated; that victory has been won forever by our Savior, Jesus Christ (2Timothy 1:10; Romans 6:14; Romans 8:31; John 16:33; Romans 8:37).

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