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Devotional - week of January 25, 2004


THE DEFEAT OF TWO DEADLY ENEMIES

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths … Colossians 2:16

In this verse Paul warns the Colossian believers against false teachers who were seeking to influence them into engaging in certain ceremonial features of the law. Paul exhorts them not to yield to this type of legalism.

The word “So” with which Paul begins his warning ties the verse to the two previous verses—where Paul tells his readers why they should not engage in this type of law-living.

First, engaging in ceremonies of the law is unnecessary because the law is no longer in effect. He writes:

… having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Colossians 2:14

The law—an agent of emotional and spiritual death—was wiped out at the crucifixion of Jesus. It was nailed to the cross.

Second, Satan was defeated at the cross. Paul writes:

Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  Colossians 2:15

In John 8:44 Jesus exposes Satan as “a liar and a murderer.” Satan always has deceit and death on his mind.

Satan, an agent of death, uses the law, an agent of death. But on the cross Jesus put them both out of power.

By experiencing our union with Christ, we put them both out of power in our lives.

By experiencing our crucifixion we are free from the power of our flesh that seeks to keep the law.

Through our spiritual resurrection we are seated with Christ in a position of authority far above Satan.