Rescued from The Domain of Darkness

“For He has  rescued 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.” (Col. 1:13-14)  Most of us, I’m quite  sure, prefer  light to darkness.  Without Jesus, all of  us were in darkness, members, although we  may not have  known it, in the kingdom of Satan.  Our heavenly Father desired that we all come to a  saving knowledge and has  provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus.  We are  glad that we can  share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12).

The Word of God describes this transformation as  changing  kingdoms. We  have been  brought out of  darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.  The  terminology used  here  by Paul is a  military  illustration.  It  pictures Rome  going  into a  free  country and as a  result of waging  war and winning they subdue that  nation and  take them into captivity.  But  in the  spiritual realm, we are the ones in bondage and when  we accept The Lord Jesus and  obey the Gospel, we are “transferred” (NASV) or “translated” (KJV)  or are  “conveyed” (NKJV)  out of that  bondage into  the light of the Gospel.   But  it does  not  end there.  Since we have redemption, the  forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must  put  our new found  faith to the  test.  We have been  called out  of that dark kingdom, changed by the   light of the Gospel and  now have the  privilege to  go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy  Spirit and utilizing the  Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)  to  help  others  find their way out.  We  can  never  work our way to heaven, but   upon  salvation, we are  to be the  best  workers the Lord has.    Let’s be  found  letting our light  shine for Jesus (1 Peter 2:10)!


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