Where Satan Could Do Anything, There He Was Conquered

Posted: October 22, 2012 in augustine, Jesus, soteriology

Colossians 2:13–15:

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Augustine:

But when the devil … was thrust out, having finished all his alluring temptation in the wilderness after the baptism; … he betook himself, through eagerness for the death of man in any way whatsoever, to effecting that death which he could, and was permitted to effect it upon that mortal element [physical body] which the living Mediator [Christ] had received from us. And where he could do anything, there in every respect he was conquered; and wherein he received outwardly the power of slaying the Lord in the flesh, therein his inward power, by which he held ourselves, was slain. 

– Augustine, On the Trinity4.13.17

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