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15 And having spoiled [apekduomai] principalities [arche] and [kai] powers, [exousia] he made a shew of them [deigmatizo] openly [en], [parrhesia] triumphing over [thriambeuo] them [autos] in [en] it. [autos]KJV-Interlinear
15 When He had disarmed the
rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over
them through Him. NASB
Paul had written this
letter to the Colossians in the early-mid 60 s A.D.About ten years earlier, in the early 50 s
A.D., Paul had written two letters to the Corinthians.
In 2 Cor. 12, Paul
related an experience in which he was allowed to visit both Heaven and
Paradise.Likewise, in Ephesians 4, Paul
related the story of Christ descending down into Hades, and into Paradise
specifically, and leading all of the captives contained therein (Old Testament
believers), out of Paradise, and up into Heaven.
2 Cor. 12:1-4
12 Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on
to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I know a man in
Christ who fourteen years ago whether
in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows such a man was caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I know how such a
in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows
caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not
permitted to speak. NASB
8 Therefore it says,
"When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men."
9 (Now this expression,
"He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended
into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is
Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all
18 Thou hast ascended
on high, Thou hast led captive Thy captives; Thou hast received gifts among
men, Even among the rebellious also, that the Lord God
may dwell there. NASB
Here, Paul ties these
events together, in the greatest procession, parade ever held in history.
Paul was witness to the
empty Paradise, and to the presence of all of the believers, once held in
Paradise, now in Heaven.
And here Paul tells us
that this procession, totally disarmed Satan, and all evil powers, policies,
ideas, etc., that have ever existed.
This is a military word,
apekduomai, which refers to the total control that
a victor possesses over the defeated enemy.
Once the Cross had
concluded, once the death and burial (and announcement of victory to those
resident in all of Hades) had concluded, once Christ had risen in resurrection,
He went down into the bowels of the earth, without any hindrance, objection, or
resistance, and retrieved all of the Old Testament believers who had been held
captive in Paradise (because of Satan s objections throughout history), until
the events and victory of the Cross had been accomplished.
So, in full public view
(from heavens perspective), Christ led the largest, and longest, and most dramatic
victory parade in all of history, into Heaven.
In over four-thousand
years of history, from Adam to the time of the Cross, there could have easily
been several trillions of believers held in Paradise.Combine that with possibly unknown trillions
more of angels, the party and celebrations held along the way, and in heaven
itself had to have been one beyond imagination.
We probably cannot even
begin to imagine the singing and joy and happiness and celebrations that all of
those people experienced at that time.Not
only was it a phenomenal event in history, but they actually participated in
One day, we, who are,
and will, and have lived in this dispensation, of the Church Age, will have our
parade, when the Rapture occurs.And as
with our initial reaction, all knees bent, all heads bowed, they too most
likely had that same initial reaction.And then the party began ..
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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