{Colossians 2:13-15; NLT}
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

One of the central ways Jesus “disarmed the rulers and authorities” was by taking everything “that stood against us with its legal demands” and “nailing it to the cross.” He took all of our sin with all of its consequences and, as it were, absorbed it within himself on the cross. In his own person, through his agonizing death, he manifested what is worst about fallen humanity. In doing this, he opened the way for us to be saved in spite of our sinfulness.When we were dead in the flesh, he made us alive. When we were guilty, he forgave us. When we stood under the condemnation of all the oughts and shoulds that we couldn’t uphold, he canceled them!

As the verse says, all of this makes a mockery out of Satan because it means, quite literally, that he’s got nothing on us! Satan is our adversary because he is our accuser, but in Christ there is literally nothing more of which he can accuse us. Satan forever works to destroy us by bringing condemnation into our lives (see Zech. 3:1; Rev.12:10), but in Christ “there is therefore now no condemnation” (Rom. 8:1). Thus, Paul proclaimed, “Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, … who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us” (Rom. 8:33-34).

Gregory Boyd, Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus through Imaginative Prayer (p. 65), Kindle Edition

Questions to consider:

  • How has Jesus disarmed the forces of evil?
  • What is an accusation that Satan brings against you? In the light of the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection is that accusation valid?
  • Why can Satan no longer condemn those who are in Christ Jesus?


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