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Summary: Christ triumphed over the devil at Calvary. Because of this every Christian can triumph over the powers of darkness.

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“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.

INTRODUCTION

The terms used in this verse are all military. Calvary was a battleground.

1. AT CALVARY CHRIST DISARMED THE POWERS OF DARKNESS

“spoiled principalities and powers”

Principalities and powers refers to the Satanic band of rebellious angels that surrounded the Saviour at the cross (read Psalm 22:12-21).

Jesus stripped Satan of his power at the cross. He has now no power to harm the child of God. Christ has completely subdued our enemies by his death. A complete victory was achieved, so that everything is now in subjection to him, and we have nothing to fear.

2. AT CALVARY CHRIST DEGRADED THE POWERS OF DARKNESS

“made a shew of them openly”

He made a public spectacle of them in the spirit world.

Victorious Roman emperors paraded their captive enemies through the streets of Rome in chains.

3. AT CALVARY CHRIST DEFEATED THE POWERS OF DARKNESS

“triumphing over them”

Calvary appeared to be a terrible failure but it was in fact a glorious victory. Satan was crushed by the cross. In the light of this, every Christian should be positive. We have no reason to ever be negative.

The price is paid

Come let us enter in

To all that Jesus died

To make our own

For every sin

More than enough He gave

And bought our freedom

From each guilty stain.

The price is paid

Alleluia

Amazing grace

So strong and sure

And so with all my heart

My life in every part

I live to thank You for

The price You paid.

The price is paid

See Satan flee away

For Jesus crucified

Destroys his power

No more to pay

Let accusation cease

In Christ there is

No condemnation now.


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