Royal Pronouncement

19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water (1 Peter 3).

There are two kinds of fallen angels: those who roam among us, and those who have been bound in prison (hell). Those who were bound in hell were put there for bringing so much evil into the world that God had to destroy it by flood, and then start over with Noah’s family. It is to these “spirits now in prison” that Jesus went and “made proclamation.” What did He say? Probably a royal pronouncement such as, “I win, you lose.”

In Colossians 2:15 we read that Jesus “disarmed the rulers and authorities” and “made a public display of them.” No doubt the entire spiritual world witnessed that royal pronouncement of triumph Jesus gave to those spirits in prison. They had lost, and He had won. Those imprisoned angels knew then they would never get out, and those fallen angels still free to roam earth knew their doom was sure and coming.

Lord, we praise You for Your victory over evil. Help us This Day to resist it wherever it shows its ugly head. Amen.