as the infernal powers, the accusers of man, and the scope of the exhortation as being to dissuade the Colossians from fear or worship of them. (b) Removal of the Law of Moses. The subject throughout the previous context is God, not Christ; and the whole notion is an idle chimera. And on that Cross. In Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Demons, like other angels, were in heaven up to Christ's ascension, and influenced earth from thence. (C. H. made a show of them — at His ascension (see on Ephesians 4:8; confirming English Version of this verse). [2] τὰς ἀρχὰς κ. τὰς ἐξουσίας, Colossians 1:16 note. E. V.) agrees well with the context, but it is doubtful whether the word used has this sense; comp. One conceits that by principalities and powers are meant the ceremonies of the law, because of the Divine authority they originally had; and that Christ unclothed or unveiled them, and showed them to be misty figures that were accomplished in his own person. Go to. "Commentary on Colossians 2:15". There can be no doubt, I think, that the apostle refers to the ranks of fallen, evil spirits which had usurped a dominion over the world, John 12:31, note; Ephesians 2:2, note. This seems to express most definitely that the ἀρχ. ; Hebrews 2:2. Comp. To them was also subject the whole of the observances of eating, drinking, etc. For this image of the garments see Isaiah 64:6, but especially Zechariah 3:1-10. Jesus Christ took up the great moral commandments of the Decalogue, one at a time, quoted each one, opposed his own authority against it, showing that one could indeed keep every command in the Decalogue and yet remain a scoundrel and a rogue; if there were ever a case of Jesus triumphing over the Pharisees in the Law of Moses, that has to be the time. Triumphing over them in it. Schr. Suicer, Junker, and others, take a similar view. Even so the shock that Satan’s kingdom sustained when Christianity was established will not cease to vibrate till it move the whole world. ), “I belong to death’s Master,” was the expression of a Christian woman lately, who at length died of internal cancer. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. 1905-1909. His forgiveness of the penitent thief was the first act of His all-saving royalty. All is well. (y) That is, the cross. Colossians 2:15. Only here and Colossians 3:9. made a shew of. The Greek commentators, followed by Ellicott and Lightfoot, interpret “having put off from Himself”. I. And where the Jewish Law was absent, as in the heathen world, sin was rampant. Theodoret, Luther, Melanchthon, Elzevir, Griesbach, and Scholz), instead of which G has ἑαυτῷ, but αὐτῷ should be written; see Wolf in loc. It not only canceled a debt; it was a glorious triumph...Why, then, fear the spiritual powers or the angelic beings before whom the false teachers bowed in worship? This exegesis, however, gives a fulness of meaning to ἐν αὐτῷ, which the words will not bear. “Boldly,” not publicly, although the latter idea may be sometimes connected with the word as a secondary notion (John 7:4). The disarming of the angelic rulers probably refers to Christ"s defeat of the evil angelic powers by His death and resurrection. See the word “triumph” explained in the Notes on 2 Corinthians 2:14. How can our response to current challenges/events, such as COVID, racism, and the election impact our kids? 1685. https: 1832. Demons, like other angels, were in heaven up to Christ‘s ascension, and influenced earth from their heavenly abodes. 447; Xen. G, ἐν ἑαυτῷ, Vulg. The argument of the apostle in these verses Colossians 2:13-15 is derived from what Christ has done for us. III. (4) he has triumphed over all our foes. The Expositor's Greek Testament. κ. Alford, referring to 2 Corinthians 2:14, says the true victory is our defeat by Him. Most glorious is the thought that the church is released from the bond that held it, and delivered from the hellish powers that tyrannized over humanity-a deliverance achieved for it by Him alone “whose right hand and holy arm” could get Him the victory. Principalities and powers; the powers of darkness, of which Satan is the leader. New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Colossians 2:6 ‘Them,’ i.e., the principalities and the powers; ‘in it,’ i.e., the cross, certainly not, ‘in Himself’ (E. V. margin). BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. Colossians 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:. In blotting out the handwriting, God at the same time vanquished Satan. The apparent triumph of the “power of darkness” over Him was His real and glorious triumph over them. Principalities and powers; hence some of the ancients read putting off his flesh (possibly by the carelessness of some scribes, writing that which signifies flesh instead of that which signifies principalities, in all the authentic copies); but besides that Christ hath not put off the human nature, only the infirmities of the flesh, 2 Corinthians 5:16 Hebrews 5:7, it doth not agree with what follows. (β) More probably they represent the spiritual powers that attended on Christ to help Him, as, in accordance with Jewish belief, they helped all who tried to do right. ), has attempted, making the sense: God has laid aside from Himself the powers ruling in the Gentile world—which were round about Him like a veil concealing Him from the Gentiles—by manifesting Himself in unveiled clearness. This last is the idea and image of Meyer, which perhaps is too minute, for the general figure is, that He stript them of all power and authority. We must hold, therefore, by the reference to τῷ σταυρῷ, so that ἐν αὐτῷ once more places the cross significantly before our eyes, just as it stood emphatically at the close of the previous sentence. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of ‘Having put off from himself the principalities and the powers, he made a show of the openly, triumphing over them in it.’. κ. ἐξ. He made a show of them ( ἐδειγμάτισεν ). https: The Apostle alludes to the custom of conquerors, who in their triumphs made a shew of their captives. We cannot agree with Pierce that good angels are meant; they needed not to be spoiled or triumphed over openly. This seems better than His retiring a mediatorial function of the good angels such as their giving the Law. 1840-57. That this sense is involved in Matthew 1:19, is owing to the circumstances of the context) in (element of the δειγματίσαι) openness (of speech; declaring and revealing by the Cross that there is none other but Christ the Head πάσης ἀρχῆς κ. ἐξουσίας), triumphing over them (as in 2 Corinthians 2:14, we are said (see note there) to be led captive in Christ’s triumph, our real victory being our defeat by Him,—so here the principalities and powers, which are next above us in those ranks of being which are all subjected to and summed up in Him) in Him (Christ: not ‘in it,’ viz. And therefore we incline to the other opinion, that ἐν αὐτῷ carries us back to σταυρῷ. But this is not what is required by the argument, which has the Jewish Law in view. Colossians 3:9 and Colossians 2:11, where the corresponding noun occurs. For a brief explanation and evaluation of the three major theories of the atonement of Christ, see Johnson, 477:21-22. For as he had previously compared the cross to a signal trophy or show of triumph, in which Christ led about his enemies, so he now also compares it to a triumphal car, in which he shewed himself conspicuously to view. Having spoiled principalities and powers, or, having stripped off and put away the powers of evil. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Colossians 2:15". • (a) They are commonly understood as evil, see Ephesians 6:11-12. Having spoiled principalities and powers, or, having stripped off and put away the powers of evil. ", Of course, this view is disputed. Did he not see Satan fallen as lightening from heaven? “He made a show of them openly.” No exhibition in disgrace is necessarily implied. https: We are bound to assert and to use our freedom, and should not allow any hostile power in the form of philosophy or false teaching of any kind, to plunder or “spoil” us; Colossians 2:8. 1. 11; Hesiod, Scut. ), which is παραδειγματίζω, Matthew 1:19, Text. subdues the invaders and recaptures those whom they had subdued. Satan, leagued with sin and death, had made this world the home of woe. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Whether we take the ‘He’ of the previous verses as God or Jesus Christ matters little. κ. ἐξ. And now we learn that in His final hours on the cross He ‘put off’ from Himself (an alternative translation is ‘He completely disarmed’) the principalities and powers, and then led them in chains in His march of victory in the resurrection.