Scripture: Read Colossians chapter 2.
It’s important to remind ourselves that we read Colossians through American eyes. My point is that we are not sensitive to the biblical issue of authority. The word “authority” is first, rarely discussed or referenced, and second, can easily provoke a negative response. But Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae addresses this very issue of authority.
Christ “is the Head of all rule and authority” (2:10). “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him” (2:15). Since Adam abdicated his role as God’s vice-regent on earth, the war of this age has been about who has the authority. Satan’s role is described in 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
All sorts of philosophies and beliefs swirl around us today, yet Paul wants us to understand how the spiritual world stands behind beliefs that do not acknowledge Christ as the image of the invisible God, the Creator of all things “that in everything He might be preeminent” (1:15,19). Christ is The Authority, and He has chosen to exercise His authority in the disputed territory of this world through His church. Paul alerts us to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil,” which he identifies with various levels of the demonic structures in Ephesians 6:11-12.
Paul wants you to know that some of the devil’s schemes can look spiritual (for example, asceticism), but in fact, his every sneaky belief is designed to stop you from relying upon Christ alone for both your personal acceptance with God and your authority over every evil spirit.
1. Have you encountered beliefs and practices that Paul is warning us against? __________________________________
Name some: _________________________________________________________________________________
2. When you have questions regarding biblical truth, to whom in your church do you go?_________________________________________________________________________________
3. How are you investing in learning more about what Paul is saying, and are you helping someone else who knows less than you? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
• Worship Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”!
• Confess Jesus as your personal Shepherd. In Christ, you share His spiritual authority over the devil’s schemes. Christ has won the victory over doubts, fears, torments, and temptations. Remind the devil that the victory is already won. It’s not a power encounter; it’s a truth encounter.
• Pray for your church to use Christ’s authority in your city.