“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” – Colossians 2:15
Life is a battle. Whether they recognize it or not, every human is involved in a cosmic spiritual battle. It’s not a physical battle waged with weapons and physical might. Paul says, “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” (Ephesians 6:12). We’re engaged in a war with real spiritual forces and cosmic powers that work for evil.
We are also in a battle against sin. We have to actively fight our sin-loving natural self. On our own, we are doomed to lose this fight. We are born in bondage to sin and stuck in our ways. We cannot change. We cannot fight. We cannot win. We try, but lose continually. We need someone to fight for us. We need a victor.
The Bible teaches that on the cross Jesus won victory for us over sin and the powers of evil. Those enemies that hurt us and had dominion over us, have been disarmed, put to shame and triumphed over. Jesus defeated our enemies for us, conquering Satan, sin and death and earning the victory we could never earn for ourselves, winning the fight that we were certain to lose and lose badly.
Because of Jesus’ victory on the cross, those who are in Christ can live in victory over evil powers. The enemy is disarmed, shamed and defeated. Demonic forces will have no power over you. They are defeated. As well, those who are in Christ can, by the power of the Spirit, live in victory over sin. They can experience victory, where previously they only knew failure.
Paul tells us that now Jesus is seated at the right hand of God “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 2:21). Jesus is the victor who reigns in power and authority over all powers and all authorities, whether physical or spiritual, past, present or future. What is there to fear when we’re on Team Jesus? What power or authority can harm us when victory is won?
As Christians, we can know and live in victory, not because we are victorious, mighty, strong and powerful, but because Jesus won victory for us by disarming all rulers and powers on the cross. At the moment when he seemed defeated, he had truly won us eternal victory.