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Who/what are the 'thrones, powers, rulers, and authorities' referred to in Colossians 1:16, 2:10 and 2:15?



    
    

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My understanding is that these names refer to ranks or orders of a hierarchy of spiritual beings of varying power opposed to God. Although I don't believe that they are further enumerated or described in the Bible, they were a component of Jewish rabbinical thought at the time that Paul wrote.

Paul was emphasizing that, no matter how much strength these beings might possess, they were still subordinate to God, and did not have the power to annul or obstruct the love that God had for Christians because of their faith in Christ, and the salvation that Christ had gained for them by His atoning death and resurrection, through which God had disarmed those beings and triumphed over them.

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