Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:15)
This week, we are looking at three ways Jesus disarmed the devil and what that means to us today. On Monday we looked at the freedom we have been given through the cross work of Christ; on Wednesday we rejoiced in our forgiveness. Today we will reflect on our . . .
Once you have been set free from the penalty of sin and received God’s forgiveness of all your sins, you are now ready to live a life of faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ, because “God made you alive with Christ” (Colossians 2:13). We have been raised from death to life through the cross work of Christ. God has given us a new heart, with new desires, and ultimately a new devotion to Jesus. God in Christ crucified our old sinful, rebellious nature and gave us a new, loving nature.
Before Jesus, we had no power to live a life that is pleasing, acceptable, and glorifying to God. But now we have the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from death to life on that first Easter morning coursing through our veins (Romans 8:11). We are no longer slaves to sin; we are now sons of the Most High God and have been given the ability to glorify God in what we think, do, say, and desire. To be sure, we will not do this perfectly until we cross the Jordan and are received into glory. But we will desire to live a life that is pleasing and glorifying to God and to live increasingly more for Jesus and less for ourselves.
Remember, we were once dead in our sins. We were a cold, corrupted, contaminated corpse that could not respond spiritually to God. We were “dead men walking.” But when we trusted in Christ alone, by grace through faith, we were given a new life in Christ, and we are now animated by the power of the Holy Spirit to prefer Him more . . . to prize Him more . . . to please Him more. Having trusted in Jesus, we now treasure Him above all things.
The ultimate disarming of the devil takes place through our new, God-given desire to live for something bigger than the self. You see, once you are in Christ, the devil cannot take you out of His hand. But what Satan will try do is mess up your life along the way into glory. Now that he cannot drag you down into the abyss with him, the devil’s goal is to disrupt your life and distract you from your devotion to Jesus. But if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, we will find that Satan’s torments and temptations will lose much of their power.
Remember, through our freedom, our forgiveness, and our faith, we have received the power to say “Yes” to Jesus and “No” to the self. The devil has been disarmed. May that truth set all of us free to love the Lord our God will all our heart and soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!