He knows what he is at. Observe the symmetrical emphatic prefixing of ἀπεκδυσ., ἐδειγμάτ.,., and θρια΄β. "Commentary on Colossians 2:15". I. p. 350 f. (and substantially also in his Heil. 2012. (Eadie p. 168). This is free from the impropriety of the other view, but shares its incongruity of metaphor. : while He triumphed over them. Theophylact gives it rightly- δημοσίᾳ, πάντων ὁρώντων—“openly, in the eyes of all;”-kühnlich, frei und frank, as Meyer paraphrases it. In His death we too are divested of the poisonous clinging garments of temptation, and sin, and death. 2. If he had been hurrying too and fro, rushing here, there, and everywhere, and making a great fuss about everything, they would have inferred that defeat was impending. In that, the ἀρχαὶ κ. ἐξουσίαι were all subjected to Christ, all plainly declared to be powerless as regards His work and His people, and triumphed over by Him, see Philippians 2:8-9; Ephesians 1:20-21. These are understood to be the ranking members of the Jewish hierarchy in Jerusalem, and also inclusive perhaps of the Roman procurator who in Paul's time had already come to receive the eternal infamy of the lines, "Suffered under Pontius Pilate. And having spoiled principalities and powers - Here is an allusion to the treatment of enemies when conquered: they are spoiled of their armor, so much the word απεκδυειν implies; and they are exhibited with contumely and reproach to the populace, especially when the victor has the honor of a triumph; to the former of which there is an allusion in the words εδειγματισεν εν παρῥησιᾳ, making a public exhibition of them; and to the latter in the words θριαμβευσας αυτους, triumphing over them. But this was not accomplished on the cross, but through the preaching of the Gospel among the Gentiles, accompanied with such signs and wonders as in the story of the maid with the spirit of divination and the exorcists at Ephesus. The principalities and the powers refers us back to Colossians 2:10, where Christ is said to be their Head. On such occasions it sometimes happened that a considerable number of prisoners were led along amidst the scenes of triumph see the notes at 2 Corinthians 2:14. (Bp. And it was no private parade, it was done ἐν παῤῥησίᾳ—“openly.” John 7:4. The propagation of Christianity in Judea quite destroyed their spiritual power and domination; just as the propagation of Protestantism, which was Christianity revived, destroyed, wherever it appeared, the false doctrine and domination of the pope of Rome. This I adopt as harmonizing with the emphatic references to Christ which occur in every verse from Colossians 2:5to Colossians 2:14; Christ, four times; in Him, four; in whom, two; with Him, three. ‘The Redeemer conquered by dying. I am a poor sinner saved by grace, and His blood has washed away my sin, and secured me a title to glory.’”, I do not admire Napoleon, except in the matter of his cool courage, but for that he was noteworthy. Wisdom of Solomon 5:1. 1905-1909. The powers of evil gathered about Him. 28, 1259. Then the last hour came. His great Captain has subdued all his enemies, and we should not allow them again to set up their dark empire over our souls. p. 432, ed. f. Deutsche Theol. Alford, referring to 2 Corinthians 2:14, says the true victory is our defeat by Him. BibliographyGill, John. Colossians 3:3 :—not Christ, which would awkwardly introduce two subjects into the sentence) exhibited them (as completely subjected to Christ;—not only put them away from Himself, but shewed them as placed under Christ. αὐτούς. θριαμβεύσας ἐν αὐτῷ—“Having triumphed over them in it.” The participle is used in 2 Corinthians 2:14, with a hiphil sense, and it here occurs with the accusative, like the Latin-triumphare aliquem. 1870. "Commentary on Colossians 2:15". Since the overall subject of this whole section is the Law of Moses, we shall take the Law itself as the antecedent of "it," making the passage read that Jesus triumphed "over them in it." Now follows the pointed and practical lesson. The law was διαταγεὶς διʼ ἀγγέλων (Galatians 3:19; cf. (a) Not τὸ χειρόγραφον, which has been left long since. Such an idea only encumbers the sense. 15. So Neander, in a paraphrase (Denkwürdigkeiten, p. 12) quoted by Conyb. Anab. With boldness. There is no need to worship them, or to fear their vengeance, if their commands are disobeyed. The word is used in this sense in Colossians 3:9. Now it was not in the handwriting simply that God obtained His victory, but in obliterating it, and nailing it to the cross-an idea that could not be expressed by the bare ἐν αὐτῷ.