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or rulers or authorities,” they know beyond any doubt that Jesus Christ has all authority over them. He means to give us courage that these hostile powers cannot do anything apart from God’s sovereign permission (Job 1:12; Luke 22:31–32). And therefore, finally, Paul tells us these things because he wants us to see and feel that our salvation in Christ is invincible. When Christ died for sin and rose again, “he disarmed the rulers and authorities” (Col. 2:15). If you have put your trust in him, here is what he says about you in Colossians 3:3–4: “You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” You are secure forever in Christ. Nothing can separate you from him, not even the most vicious cosmic powers (Rom. 8:38–39).
A LL THINGS SERV E HIS GLORY A ND OUR GL A DNESS All things were created by him and through him and for him— even our worst supernatural enemies. In the end, it was they—not Christ—who were shamed at the cross (Col. 2:15). In the end, everything and everyone serves to magnify the glory of our Savior and increase the gladness of his people in him.
Published on Aug 16, 2013
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