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Was the Devil bound at the Cross?


I was recently asked to prove from scripture that Christ BOUND the Devil at the Cross; I submit to you the answer I provided.

 

Hebrews 2:14

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Many wish to point to the phrase "he might" as if it's up for grabs, as it means he may, or he may not! This is a deflective argument because people don't want to accept it as an absolute.

 

Notice the word "destroy"?

 

The phrase in this scripture "he might destroy" comes from the Greek word KATARGEO

 

Now, in English, it says that through death, Jesus DESTROYED the Devil, but destroyed sends the wrong impression. Here is the word defined, as per Strong's

 

2673 katargew katargeo kat-arg-eh'-o

 

from 2596 and 691; TDNT-1:452,76; v

 

AV-destroy 5, do away 3, abolish 3, cumber 1, loose 1, cease 1, fall 1, deliver 1, misc 11; 27

 

1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative

1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency

1b) to deprive of force, influence, power

2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish

2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away

2b) to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one

2c) to terminate all intercourse with one

 

So allow me to ask a simple question based on this verse, and this Greek word used (Notice I didn't say, through my interpretation)

 

Through death, did Christ render the devil: idle, unemployed, inactive inoperative?

 

Can that which is: idle, unemployed, inactive inoperative, cause any harm?

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury, I rest my case.

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