As we look upon the cross we must remember our roll in the defeat of satin, for the works of Christ moved the battle to a new realm, that of a spiritual fight.
We see the move from the sword to the belief in Christ and His authority over satin as Christ is raised above all mankind to finish His works on earth.
Matthew 26:52-54 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
Jesus then goes to the cross, where he defeats Satan, not by killing him, but by dying.
“Put your sword in its place” is the cry from Christ, for we now move the fight to the finished works of Christ from the cross. Our battle against sin and satin has been finished through the Son of God, the living Christ the indwells all believers. We need to see Christ death as defeating satin, and by our staying in Christ truths, satin is defeated as we die to the world.
Colossians 2:13-15 (NKJV) And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Keeping this in scope of Christ works we find that there is a transition from physical warfare to spiritual, for satin was defeated by Christ death on the cross, not by the sword but by the death of Jesus.
Picture taken near Summer Lake, Oregon, USA. Camera Lumix DMC L-10
Picture taken by Charles Harkins