Sign up for our free daily newsletter. What exactly does the apostle Paul mean in the phrase, "when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive...." (Eph.4:8) whom did our Lord lead captive? © 2020 Spotlight Ministries. There are a number of interpretations of this passage from good Bible teachers and each have merit – and each give glory and honour to Christ. 4:8 saying that at the cross when Jesus defeated His enemies He gave gifts to us instead of receiving them Himself. I would serve no other God who was unable to “lead captivity captive.” It is a beautiful image and picture that I was reminded of last week as we studied Ephesians. Then again in the book of Psalms; David, rehearsing the victories of God for the people, mentions the victorious battle of Deborah and Barak, and other battles, and gives praise to God. Afterwards he would receive a portion of the plunder as a reward. All rights reserved. Paul changed the meaning slightly in Ephes. In Him (in Jesus) God judged, condemned and put sin to death. Download our eBooks to read on your computers, phone, tablet, or eReader. The simplest explanation of "he led captivity captive" (Ephesians 4:8) is to think of captivity as slavery. Jesus, through his cross and resurrection, has completely deprived every demonic principality and power of their authority and has rendered them all void of any ability or power in the life and the affairs of the Christian. Absolutely! Then in verse 11 he went on to list five spiritual gifts He gave to the church. Afterwards he would receive a portion of the plunder as a reward. 4 Paul was recalling a tradition from ancient times that appears in Psalm 68 and that the Romans had elevated to an art form. Jesus, by absorbing all of the judgment of God for the sin of the world has become the innocent and perfect sacrifice who became sin, died in the flesh, descended into the grave and rose from the dead victorious. The Hebrew of Psalm 68 can mean either give or receive so both interpretations are appropriate. Find & sort all our resources. 1 Peter 3:18-20 (KJV) 12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. When Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him: 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Look at the following verse: Colossians 2:15 (KJV) He was the man who, as said by the Holy Spirit through Peter, was a preacher (the Strong’s definition of this word is: “a herald of divine truth”) of righteousness to the people of his day. Those to whom He preached by the Spirit are those who were disobedient in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. This nugget of truth was recorded through John by the Holy Spirit for our profit. The first thing to examine is, what does it mean to lead captivity captive. The Dictionary defines the word “divest” as to:  “strip or deprive (someone of something), especially of property rights.”  What a great truth is revealed through this verse! This was commonly referred to as “leading captivity captive.”. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Jesus is speaking here in regard to the judgment, conviction, sentencing and total defeat of the “prince of this world,” the devil. 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [judgment] unto me. Jesus did not preach a message of salvation to the spirits in “prison” or “hell” after His death on the cross; but did herald His triumph to the ones who were in Paradise in as much as they were told that the time is near for them to be in the very presence of the Father, yet not until the way was established by Him (which took place after He was given new life by the Spirit, at the time of His resurrection). Jesus didn’t just lead a bunch of captives captive, he led captivity itself captive! It was at this time that Noah and his family were saved from the flood, but everyone else who existed on the earth while Noah was working on the ark perished; even though God extended much patience toward them for the 120 years’ time in which Noah, by faith, was working on the vessel that would offer salvation.”. Effects of Captivity The Bible says the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. I realize that there are other commentaries that interpret Ephesians 4:8 differently. 4:8 saying that at the cross when Jesus defeated His enemies He gave gifts to us instead of receiving them Himself. Then, without beginning another sentence Peter continues by saying that it was also by the same Spirit (the Holy Spirit) that He went and preached. We read in this passage that when Jesus rose from the dead He ascended into the heaven of heavens on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. Also the traditional meaning of this phrase, plus the previous verses (Judges 5:12 and Psalm 68:18), must be ignored. Judges 5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. This involved passing before a reviewing stand where Caesar and the royal court were seated. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Whenever a word in the KJV is italicized, that means that the italicized word was not in the original manuscript, but was added by the translators to bring clarity. All Rights Reserved. There are a number of interpretations of this passage from good Bible teachers and each have merit – and each give glory and honour to Christ. At first glance, and with the help of some commentaries, I can understand how it seems that the two scriptures can be considered as “two witnesses” that could establish a truth. 2 What is the Captivity? Browse, sort & search all Bible Study resources. Captivity Captive This subject on leading captivity captive is a very interesting one and there are many different views concerning it. For this verse to have any credibility in establishing a connection with leading “captivity captive,” it is necessary to explore the existence of a place that the Bible calls Sheol. Every good expositor agrees that this verse is talking about the Lord Jesus, our great God and Saviour, Who … God says in the book of Isaiah, “Come now, and let us reason together…”  He is stating that He approves of our thinking/reasoning together with His Spirit to determine or prove a truth. Then in the following verse He states: John 12:32 (KJV) Glory to God! mel35215, Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God is referring to our ascended Messiah, who is triumphant over Satan and his host of demons.

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