“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Col. 2:15
It was a public display of victory commonly practiced in ancient Rome, celebrating victories won by the Roman soldiers. There was usually a parade on the street and, if the victory was great enough, an arch of triumph would have been erected as a memorial.
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” The apostle Paul must have had this in mind when he spoke about the “public spectacle.” Shouldn’t we Christians conduct this kind of public spectacle as well, since we have won a great victory against our foe?
Why do some of us often act dejected as if we have been defeated by our enemy? Didn’t the Lord triumph over his enemy by his death and resurrection?
I was somewhat reluctant to do what was necessary when I found out a Chinese lady seemed to be possessed by demons. I wasn’t afraid by any means, for I am well aware of the fact that the Lord has overcome the power of darkness, and my job at hand was actually easy enough. It was going to be an opportunity for me to make a “public spectacle” of such a victory.
That was the thing I did. Twice.
I had a distinct sense of oppression when I stepped into the apartment, which wasn’t all that unusual, for the lady had been contacting the evil spirits through various means for quite some time now. I presented the gospel to her and did what I considered the most crucial at the time, which was to encourage her to usher the Lord into her heart, so that she would be occupied by the Holy Spirit. She agreed to it and I led her to say a prayer of profession. In the meantime, I made an attempt to cast the demon out from her, if she was truly possessed. Things seemed to be going well afterward and she started to attend church worship services.
Things took a turn for the worst after a couple of months, and this time she demonstrated every sign of being possessed by demons and I was called upon to deal with the issue. I guess what I did for her the previous time might not have been enough. The woman was still vexed by evil spirits.
I went back to her apartment for the second time and performed the ritual again, fully believing the Lord would come through for this poor woman who was really struggling with many issues, both physically and emotionally. Her relationship with her husband was on the brink of breaking.
I haven’t heard from her since then, but I believe she will have turned the corner if she continued to trust the Lord and not make any contact with demons through any means. We must act victorious in our battle against the dark forces and make spectacles of Satan’s defeat.