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Head of All Principality and Power

by Chip Brogden
“You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:10).
Some will ask, if Jesus is indeed head of all principality and power, how is it that the devil and his demons are still able to do so much?

Jesus is Lord of All, but we do not yet see all things submitted to Him. Jesus is Savior of All, but we do not yet see all people believing in him. Similarly, Jesus is Head of All Principality and Power, and yet “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

What is the explanation? The short answer is that Jesus permits these principalities and powers to operate. Just as Jesus permits many things contrary to Him to exist, and just as He permits many people to go their own way without forcing them to become His disciples. This may appear to be a very passive Lord and Savior. Why does He not act? Why does He not do more?

The answer, I believe, is two-fold. First, the Lord Jesus always acts according to the Will of His Father. When Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not immediately go to him. It was only after a length of time had passed that Jesus went to see him. By that time, Lazarus had died, and had been buried four days. Jesus was criticized for not being at the right place at the right time. But the critics underestimate the Lord of All. He does not react, as we would react, to crisis situations. There is no “emergency” or sense of rushing to something. He is preeminent over all things. And so, it presents no difficulty whatsoever for Him to arrive “late” because there is a purpose in the “lateness.”

In this case, Lazarus was raised from the dead, and through this miracle, many people believed. So the answer to our question lies in the understanding that the Lord is indeed working all things according to the time and season of His Father’s choosing. This is the glory of God, and it is not for us to know, or to question, the times and seasons of His workings (Acts 1:7).

The second part of the answer lies squarely with us. In one swift motion, Jesus could reveal Himself as Lord of All and obliterate all enemies. He could reveal Himself as Savior of All and I am convinced that all would freely give their heart to Him, once they see Him as He really is. He could reveal His authority as Head of All Principality and Power and instantly destroy all the spiritual adversaries who hinder, distract, and come against us. Yet Jesus does not reveal Himself in all His fullness. Instead, He invites us to join together with Him and walk with Him as Overcomers. As Overcomers, our mission is to demonstrate the Lordship of Christ to the world around us by submitting ourselves to His Lordship. If He does not have the preeminence in His own disciples, how will He have preeminence in the rest of the world?

Likewise, our responsibility is not to wait for Jesus to reveal Himself as the Savior of All and passively expect that if He wants to save everyone then He can do so whenever He chooses. Certainly He can. Yet, He has given us the ministry of reconciliation, sending us into all the world to bring Good News, and to proclaim the saving knowledge of Christ to all nations. Why does the world persist in its rebellion? Not for any lack of activity on the part of the Lord Jesus. The lack is in the ones who claim to represent Him.

Similarly, if we are continually defeated by the principalities and powers, it is no reflection on the Lord Jesus. He permits this in order to teach us how to overcome as He overcame. This is not without precedent. When the children of Israel came into the Promised Land, God stated that He would not drive out all their enemies. They would have to learn to fight and to wage war, and this would test their abilities in battle as well as their faith and trust in Him.

The reality is that we are seated together with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6), far above all principalities and powers; therefore, if all things are under His feet, then all things are under our feet. As Head of All Principality and Power, He trains us up like little children to exercise His own power and authority over everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. This is far superior to just doing everything for us and leaving us ignorant and immature. He has clothed us, armed us for spiritual warfare, granted us power and authority, provided us with wisdom and understanding, and given us the victory in advance. It is our privilege now to demonstrate the victory that Christ has already wrought on our behalf.

Demonstrating a victory that is already won is quite different from wrestling to achieve an uncertain outcome. There is an elegance and simplicity connected to preeminence. This is something He wants us to experience for ourselves. This is something for us to discover so we can learn, grown and see our faith purified through testing as we come to know Christ in a more intimate way. What a wise Head of All Principality and Power we have in Christ!


  1. kenneth dawson

    yea ive been a Christian for 38 years and by experience ive learned to simply depend on gods leading in my life and not to trust in my own wisdom no matter what my own opinions–to my understanding about life since coming into the new creation life with Christ I look at the story in genesis chapter one to three as the essence of all wisdom–god does not want humans to reach out for their own wisdom by the tree of knowledge but to take in the tree of life(divine life)and live by his wisdom.

  2. jct

    We have been created and called to manifest the finished work of Christ. He IS our victory. We need not to struggle to attain it because it is found in Him .Our life, on earth, is to move “out of” His accomplished victory. To fight to obtain victory is to already admit defeat. We walk “from a position of victory” not in order to secure that victory. The battle against principalities is NOT to secure victory for ourselves but to move “out of” His finished victory now. The true battle is not fighting but “standing” in the finished work of the cross, accomplished for us before the foundation of the world. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, ours or anyone elses, but the battle is to believe what the Word of God proclaims that we are NOW “more than conquerors in Christ.” We, as the church, do not see the manifestation of victory because we are still battling to get it. As we walk out of His finished victory we and the world will see satan and his demons as they truly are…defeated. 1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.
    The only thing that can defeat us now is unbelief in the Word and Spirit of Jesus Christ!!

  3. Jackie Kaka

    Amen Chip 🙂 What great honor and privilege for us today as believer’s in PAPA,that we may learn to know HIM.Thank you Chip another great word of encouragement,and i love CrossWire ministry,hehe just had to put this in also.May you be greatly encouraged Chip,God bless you and family.

  4. sherry

    Praise the Lord in all His glory!!!!!!!
    When reading your message based on the scripture and you mentioned that we have the ability to exercise power and authority over the enemy, what would this consist of? I’m not sure but I believe I have a gift to be a worker for the Lord, but I don’t want to be a name it claim it person. There is so much going wrong with religion and different denominations that I’m not sure if God still gives spiritual gifts. I have been led several times to lay hands and to pray over people, where the Lord gave me a name and directions of what He wanted, I have obeyed and went and have seen miracles take place, but I’m a person that is very reserved and I do not like attention, so there have been times that I have not done what I sensed the Lord wanted me to do because I just don’t quite understand if it’s the Lord working through me or if its my desire? You may can give me some answers.

    • Norman

      A very good question, I think. I’ve been puzzling over the whole notion of grace and it can be viewed like so many other things within Christianity from two opposing points of view. This frazzles my brain and I come back to acknowledging Jesus as my Saviour and Lord, seeking Him for what’s happening at the moment and letting go all the teaching about an issue such as grace that has me distracted, mixed up and perturbed. ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ means ‘I, the Lord am your provider, not some system called grace.’ Going into everyday with Jesus who never leaves us or forsakes us is so much better than focusing on any issue, grace, or timidity, or whatever that fries the brain and makes for self-centredness. We can’t manifest Christ when we’re all tied up in knots, wondering about this or that. A steady conversation with the Lord throughout the day helps me to overcome preoccupation with self and a stewed brain! God bless you Sherry, and thank you Chip and Carla for all that you’ve spoken into my life – such as,WWJD. not what would Jesus do but WATCH WHAT JESUS DOES!

  5. Kim

    Praise The Lord Jesus and thank you for your obedience. I am I. Agreement with you Brother Chip. I have been in the religious system since 2000 but it was in 2006 when I had my encounter with Jesus and it was not in the religious system. When the scales were removed from my eyes, I literraly saw Jesus and myself as only Jesus could show me. I had no idea about the Holy Spirit nor did I know the Word of God. Now I preach teach evangelize Jesus and proclaim the Good News that saves my life daily. The work is not done and so many are in bondage and are being lied to by those who follow the religious system. Tradition man made rules and the power and money driven Hollywood entertaining messages are destroying people daily. Seek ye the Kingdom of GOD and His righteousness. Please continue to teach what God has called you to teach and many more will be saved. God Bless you all!!!

  6. vincent

    I appreciate your write-ups. I believe God is committed to saving all mankind after all His judgements. My question is: does Hebrews 2:8 refer to man or Jesus? Most translations seem to refer to the former.

  7. Michael

    Thank You.

  8. Steve Hazen

    Thanks Chip.

  9. Der

    I say Amen to this revelation. It is a timely message for me. May grace be with you Chip.


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