The devil was vanquished by the death and blood of Christ

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John Davenant, on Colossians 1:14 remarks:

Now to understand this, in the first place it must be admitted, that the power of the devil over man was upheld by the sin of man. For if we suppose that man is free from sin, then by no pretext of right whatever could devil exercise any power over him. When, therefore, the devil attacked Christ our Saviour who was free from sin, and by his satellites, the Jews, put him to a most painful and ignominious death, he lost, by the judgment of God himself, the power which he had over us the guilty, through having exercised that which he had not over Christ the innocent. For, by this injury offered to Christ, and endured patiently by him, God adjudged to him power over the devil, and over all that he had possessed; so that he might take from him the spoil at his pleasure, and recuse out of his hands whomsoever he might think fit. Therefore after that the devil was overcome by the death of Christ in a way of justice, and deprived of his possessions by the Divine decree; then Christ, having triumphed over him, took from him, by an irresistible arm, his own elect, and trampled him not only under his own feet, but under the feet of all his people. Thus the devil was vanquished by the death and blood of Christ, and we are rescued from his jaws.​
 
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