Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public display of them triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15
We have been delivered from the powers of darkness by our conversion to Christ and our death, burial and resurrection into new life, as the children of Israel saw their enemies vanquished at the Red Sea, so we too can experience freedom because our enemies have been disarmed at Calvary! There are no devils in Heaven and on earth they have been defeated with no power over us other than what we give them.
It reminds me of North Korea shooting flaming missiles into the air to provoke their enemies and to instill fear in those who would believe that they are in fact dangerous, but like kids shooting off firecrackers they are like a roaring lion without teeth! The devil is just like that, spouting off great threats and lies to deceive and ultimately entrap his victims, but he has no power whatsoever to harm us. Jesus gave us supreme authority over the devil and his angels and promised us that in no way we would be injured by them!
If the body of Christ ever truly realizes who they are and acknowledges what they have been given they will be a formidable force to be reckoned with. One of the purposes of this teaching is to free you from the chains of religion and the tradition of men that has held you in bondage in a false religious system. I was asked by a friend if I thought the average church would be a good place for new converts to start out, I told him no, because they will be filled with the teachings and doctrines of men and religious tradition that will poison them and severely stunt their spiritual growth!
"Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' " Matthew 15:7-9
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin