How did Jesus disarm the principalities and powers on the cross?
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
How did Jesus do it? Was there a demonstration of outcasting of demons on the cross? Why the cross? Does it not seem to be a defeat?
Notice it doesn’t say the resurrection but the cross. The public spectacle was done at the same time of the cross.
Dear friend, this is how it was done.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
He rendered the temple, the Law and the old covenant absolutely useless. That’s how he demonstrated publicly the disarmament of the principalities and powers.
They are not referring to demons and devils. Paul was referring to the power of the Law.
But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
That’s why I tell you, the War is over!