At the start of my ministry, I had a fresh encounter at the cross, in which I saw the mission of Satan’s attacks and accusations against me thwarted by its power. As I vividly detail in my book, Silence Satan, it was there where I witnessed all of my guilt and each one of my regrets upon Jesus, and then cancelled by the nails of His crucifixion.To reveal what happened in this moment, God later led me to an eye-opening passage of Scripture: “Having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Col. 2:14­–15, ESV).These verses are unfathomable and describe the cross as the climax of Christ’s mission to destroy the works of the devil. But what Colossians details here is so much more than what meets the eye from a casual read. It indicates that Satan didn’t merely suffer a partial defeat, but a complete and overwhelming defeat—one that was once and for all. And a breakdown of the verse provides some fascinating insight into just what happened.
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