“…through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” 1 Peter 3:22
“…according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Eph. 1:20-21
“Having disarmed principalities and power, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15
I think these are some of the most encouraging verses in the Bible! Jesus is alive, and He’s enthroned at the right hand of His Father God. Through His resurrection, He disarmed and conquered every single principality and power. Having incapacitated them and rendered them powerless, He marches them through the universe, shaming and embarrassing them in their defeat. Like a proud hunter who uses the skin of his kill to make a new ottoman, they are subjugated to serve as His footstool, showing His complete domination.
What is most encouraging to me is the sheer scope of His victory. Paul has to get his thesaurus out to make sure he gets the point across: Jesus is far above all principalities. And in case you’re not sure what he means by that, he adds, Jesus is superior to all power. Not sure what all power means? Everything that has any might at all. And just in case you don’t get the picture, He’s also over all dominion and every name that is named. Everyone. Everything.
But wait, Paul–do you just mean all principalities, powers, might, and dominion that we’ve heard of? NO! He means everything we’ve heard of and everything we haven’t yet heard of. Things we don’t even know we should be scared of yet. Everything in this age, and everything in the future has been subjected to Christ. Not just some, but all. Not just now, but forever. No ifs, ands, buts, or maybes!
This includes not only spiritual principalities and powers such as angels, demons, and sin, but also things that go by the more familiar names of:
- world leaders and governments
- that awful boss of yours
- chronic pain
- painful memories
- eating disorders
- an unfaithful spouse
- panic attacks
- a bad temper
Every name that is named. Whatever controls you, Jesus has control over it. And He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)