From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Colossians 1:12-14

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins.                       NKJV

In our passage, the Apostle Paul concludes a prayer of thanksgiving.  In this portion of his prayer he gives thanks for several glorious facts that God has already completed.  First, He has delivered us as Christians, once and forever, from the power of darkness (13a).  Satan and this world have been conquered (Colossians 2:15).  His past control and influence in our lives has been broken (Eph. 2:2). We don’t need to fall before him any longer.  If that is the negative side of deliverance, now see the positive side. Second, we have been definitely conveyed, transferred, or moved into the realm of the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ (13b).  Our sad past, whatever it may have been, no longer needs to govern and limit us. No matter what our past sins may have been, we are now in Christ and the power of his kingdom is more than sufficient.   This transferal occurred the moment we trusted in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  God says that it is ours to believe and take hold of.  Finally we have full forgiveness of sins (present tense), redemption through his blood.  

This prayer then is not only a call to a new walk; God has made every provision for its reality in our lives. He took us out of Adam and all his weakness and failure and he put us into the kingdom of the Son of his love. Let us take hold by faith and walk in accord with God’s will expressed so eloquently in this prayer. Let us always affirm what God says.            Gordon E. Johnson

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