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— Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses—“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you…Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom—He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.—For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Col 1:13-14; Acts 13:38-39; Jn. 8:31-32; I Jn.5:20; Is. 55:3; . Lk. 12:29,31-32; Rev 21:7 KJV; I Jn. 5:4 KJV [References are from the ESV unless otherwise noted]
I’ve just begun to learn Colossians 1:13ff by heart. I can’t get very far by memory yet but these words tromped through my head again and again in the night when I found myself awake: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. Incredible really, this invisible transfer that makes us secret agents in a world ruled by an evil prince (Eph.2:2). It changes everything, at least it should. And so we keep believing as we renew our minds to truth that is not seen but has the radical power to set us free from every tiresome bondage. We are forgiven. We are overcomers. The power of sin is broken and we are accepted in the Beloved. May the Lord of lords make His truth real in down-to-earth ways in our lives today!