Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Colossians 1:11-20 Salvation is Changing Kingdoms

KEY TEXT: Colossians 1:11-14 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

KEY THOT: Paul prays for the Colossian believers to be strengthened with “all power, according to his glorious might” (v.11) on the assumption that the Father “has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light” (v.12). How did He qualify them? God has delivered all believers from the domain of darkness and “transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (v.13). In other words, we are no longer in the old Satan-controlled country; we have been transferred out of that realm into the realm of the Spirit-controlled kingdom, where God’s power and might are freely available to believers. This happens the moment we believed and sealed our faith in our baptism. 

Satan cannot touch believers in that realm of light--unless we believe in his lies. In this new country, we are no longer miserable slaves of Satan and sin, struggling to obey God in our sinful flesh. Instead, we are sons and daughters of the Father, sharing a joint-inheritance with Christ His Son, for God “has delivered us from the domain of darkness”. In this new kingdom, we are no longer slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness. The kingdom power and blessings (forgiveness) are freely available: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). If we are failing and falling, it is not because God’s power is not available but because we have forgotten who and whose we are and which realm we are now residing. So, Paul could pray for the Colossians with confidence that they may be “strengthened according to his glorious might” because he knows they now have access to all the grace and power that membership in Christ's kingdom implies.

But in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, priorities are changed: self is not number One, but Christ is. We cannot have the best of both worlds—it’s no longer about us, but Christ alone. Paul went on to say that Christ is the “invisible God, the firstborn of all creation… And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent” (v.15-18). In this new kingdom of the Son, it’s no longer about us and our needs, but about the Son's glory. He alone is to receive all the pre-eminence, all the attention and all the praise.

It’s only when we lose ourselves in Christ, that we will truly find ourselves again—as the persons that God has called us to be: "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 10:39). It’s only when we are ready to lose ourselves in Christ's greater glory that we will experience the fullness of His grace and power in our lives. But if we still want to remain number 1, then we are back in the old country—and we will continue to live like former slaves of sins.

Father, thank You that You have delivered us out of the domain of darkness into the kingdom of Your Son wherein is power and grace for us to become more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Amen.


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the reminder. It is when we deny or lose ourselves for Christ is when we find our true identities and are able to live as Children of the Most High.

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