x498.......Colossians 2--Jesus spoiled the authority

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 ¶ And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 ¶ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Collosians 2:8-17)


Jesus is the Lord of all rulership and authority.

".....which is the head of all principality and power"

We are complete in Him--to be in Him by the spiritual--that is to be in Him--to be risen with Him by the supernatural working of His power--

"......wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God,"

the "operation of God" is the superhuman energy by which God saves us.

---------------------- these verses in the book of Collosians tell us that it is possible to be spoiled--or as it says--beguiled--by the tradition of man. to be taken away from our proper place --which is in Him--to be supernaturally raised with Him in glory. The tradition of man is specifically the old covenant laws of government--the tithe and the sabbath. We have dealt with the tithe and the sabbath laws in a previous study (see-Collosians has it all)--But why do we say that these traditions of man come from the old covenant governmental system?


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

This verse says that Jesus has triumphed over principalities and powers (rulership and authority). It says He and made a show of them openly--He openly made them to be an example--He openly showed them to be corrupt and wrong authorities. What are these authorities? What old covenant authority system did Jesus stand against--and openly prove to be unGodly? Answer: the system of the government of the pharisees and the priest of Israel!

1 ¶ Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:1-11)

The Pharisees sat in the seat of Moses--they had the right and proper office of rulership over Israel--they had authority over Israel. It is of course clear that Jesus stood against these principalities and powers--openly--and He made a show of them--He proved them wrong--He conquered them--He showed that His authority was far greater--and so He spoiled them--He tore them down and made it clear not to operate in the same way that they did in the new covenant church. His ministry was to be service to others--and specifically NOT rulership with authority over others.

Jesus spoiled these powers by doing greater miracles than they could even dream of--by healing and teaching and loving and releasing Israel to serve God freely--things which they were totally uninterested in and could not accomplish in God.

How do we knew that it was the government of Israel which Jesus spoiled--or conquered?

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 ¶ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

The authorities which Jesus spoiled, which He openly made a show of and triumphed over were the people who were judging Him and His followers with regard to meat -drink-and sabbath days. Jesus was always getting into trouble with the Pharisees-the priest and the elders of Israel, because He openly broke their rules of the sabbath and and laws a concerning food and the uncleanness of it. He also taught openly that He was meat and drink--that He was the bread of life. These all refer tot the offering for sin (the shewbread, the blood and meat of the sin offering) He openly called Himself these offerings--which totally disregarded and "spoiled" their old covenant rights to operate the sacrifices and make the offerings for sin (Hebrews says "there is no more need for an offering"--as well as saying quite clearly that there is to be no more Levitcal priesthood). This not only destroys their authroity and rulership, but the tithe goes along with it.

The tithe was the offering for sin--the tithe was the 1/10 of what Israel owned which God considered holy unto Him--which was offered for sin and by which the priest lived. Jesus made a new priesthood (every Christian--not just "some"), He named Himself the high priest, and with no more offering--there is no more tithe. Jesus claimed Himself to be the new covenant tithe. When He called himself bread, meat and blood--and said that these would now forgive sin--He disavowed the tithe. The priesthood being now in every Christian-the only concern of money is that of feeding the poor which were among the church--supporting every member of the body, so that none had any lack--so that all could freely serve God and the body could be all that God wanted it to be.

Jesus triumphed over these principalities and powers--but these chapters of the Bible warn the church that it is possible to be spoiled by them again--specifically by accepting their rule--which enforces sabbath and tithe and holy day observance--etc. We can be spoiled by accepting the authority of man within the new covenant church--by accepting the authority of a priest--a shepherd who has authority over the others within the body.

Unfortunately, by tradition, most Christians believe that these things--sabbath celebration, tithe, and ministerial authority are central to the operation of the church--they are thought to be the foundation of the church!

Yipes are we in trouble!