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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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As I knelt down next to Jose, I felt great sympathy for this tortured young man.  He had suffered for over an hour as the evil spirit that possessed him cursed and threatened those of us who were praying.  Now Jose lay on the floor motionless, as though dead.  His physical posture reflected his spiritual condition. 

 

“Jose,” I said with my Bible open on the floor in front of me, “In Colossians chapter 2:13 it says that even though you are dead in your sins, Jesus will forgive you.  It says in verse 15 that Jesus has disarmed principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Jesus alone can set you free.  Do you believe this, Jose?”  A moment later the dark voice that had been cursing us cried out, “I’ve known that for two thousand years!”

 

Jose found freedom that day.  His freedom was secured two thousand years ago when One who is the head of all principalities and powers came to this earth filled with all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form (vv. 9-10).  He came to make us spiritually alive and to forgive us of all our sins (v. 13).  By His death on the cross He disarmed the powers of darkness and triumphed over them (v. 15).  We don’t need to look any longer at the shadows of types and ceremonies in the Old Testament that pointed forward to the Messiah.  We can now look on the real substance, which is Jesus Christ Himself (vv. 16-17). 

 

In Colossians 2, the apostle Paul makes it clear that no one should be cheated of their reward in knowing Christ but that all should hold fast to Him as they increase in their knowledge of God together with other believers (vv.18-19).  The only way we will ever find completeness is in a relationship with Christ (v. 10).  Jose believed these powerful truths and it changed the course of his life.  Have these truths changed you? 

 

Kenneth Norton

Collegedale, TN SDA Church

United States