Hello Brother Tim and all in this group. First let me say that I have longed for these conversations and the fellowship we share. My phone was stolen about a month ago and it was only this week that God released the finances to get another one. I know God used the phone situation to get my attention and return to my first love of His Word. As you mentioned in this post, commentaries can be helpful tools but I was starting to depend more on the teaching of others than the revelation given by my dear friend and counselor, Holy Spirit. Glory to God that He doesn’t allow us to fall from Grace, He always corrects us because He is for us. Full dependence on Him is so very vital, especially now, the hour in which the deceiver is turned up, God is drawing us deeper, He is protecting His children.
I have not been keeping up with memorization, will be heeding Brother Tim’s earlier suggestion of setting a specific time or routine for memorization from this point forward. I am realizing that anybody can be busy…yet we need to strive to be effective. We must handle the Word of God with seriousness (Titus 2:7) meaning that we would demand careful consideration and application of what we read. Memorization is the first step towards effectiveness, I cannot apply what I haven’t taken the time to learn.
As I meditate on this scripture(Col. 2:15) and consider your question Brother Tim, I am led by the Spirit to the following scriptures and real life evidence.
The disarmament of these powers and authorities is the triumphant result of Jesus’ earthly ministry. It was a progressive process, and by no means comfortable. Jesus confronted the very strongholds of pride, legalism, greed, every form of immorality rooted in our sin-nature. The powers of darkness use our opinions and thoughts to stand against God’s Word, these principalities only have temporary feelings and emotions as their foundation, yet the Truth will always cause us to overcome. The Truth often hurts, but it always works.
In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 21, we see a series of events that lead to this declaration By Paul in Colossians 2:15. First Jesus is praised as the one who saves as He enters Jerusalem. Jesus is simply riding along on the path His Father laid for Him, in the way He is told to come. He knows that the awareness of the scriptures that the Jews, chief priests and elders have is actually working in His favor toward establishing His Kingdom and Authority even if they don’t want to accept it.
Now we are at verses 12-17 where Jesus re-establishes the purpose of His Father’s House. In righteous indignation He moves through the temple, interrupting every act of disobedience and idolatry, forcibly stopping every distraction. He is actually securing the House of Worship for the true sons, the disciples (that’s us), knowing that a place for His people to come and Worship in Spirit and in Truth is absolutely necessary for the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. We establish on earth that which is already settled in the heavens by the words we speak. (He inhabits our praise… The only thing that goes into eternity is our worship). All of this is necessary to destroy the strongholds that are in direct opposition to God’s Word. It is then re-enforced through the perfect praise of the children. They are innocent, have no selfish agenda…and even they are shouting Hosanna.
In verses 18-22 Jesus gives His disciples an even clearer vision of His authority to destroy anything that is not bringing glory to the Father. It is established in Genesis that we are commanded to be fruitful and multiply. The fig tree is a representation of what it looks like to be living contrary to the Word of God, it’s alive but not operating in the fullness of what it was created for…to bear fruit…Jesus destroys the stronghold of compromise and at the same time He is building up the disciples to see what is possible.
After this we see a series of Jesus’ teachings and preaching in the Temple. He speaks to the people in a way that they must receive that which they don’t want to believe. He uses parables and the truth which brings conviction and awe. It’s one situation after another where the agents of darkness are exposed, shamed and stripped of their power.
John 14:30-31 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
After reading this… I am thinking that the initial end of the powers of darkness was when Jesus resisted every temptation the devil brought to Jesus in the wilderness…this was when it was established that the devil had nothing in Jesus. Unlike Adam, He is the Son of God and never gave His authority to the serpent…
Our own lives are the same way. Every time we overcome evil with good, we are reinforcing what’s already been achieved in Jesus death and resurrection. As believers, we know the battle between good and evil is already done. Our God is the victor. Love wins. We are soldiers sent into the previously disputed territory, commissioned to enforce this victory and establish heavenly rule and reign on earth. If it looks like we’re losing, God gets the Glory everytime we do not accept failure, sickness or disease as our destiny.
Much Love to all… Prayerfully this wasn’t too much. Lord help me to be less wordy. To God be the Glory! Jesus is coming! Pray for Israel! Amen!
Meditation: maybe the verse is referring to the point of resurrection and then ascension. The powers and authorities are disarmed and disgraced when God’s people wholeheartedly believe…