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Deliverance & Redemption Through The Son

Colossians 1:12-14  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.

The human condition; we need deliverance.  

How did we get here?  Quite simply you were born into this kingdom of darkness!  The word kingdom does not mean a location somewhere out there like a fairy tale kingdom with castles and moats and drawbridges, princes and princesses.  Kingdom refers to the rule, reign, and power of a king. The ruler of this world is Satan. While Christ’s death and resurrection defanged and defeated Satan he has not been vanquished.  That is why Peter writes “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

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Seeking The Things That Are Above: A Synopsis of Colossians 3:1-4 & Discussion Questions

Though Colossians 3:1-4 serves as the major transitional passage in the book, Paul already used 2:6-7 as a “mini” transition. Here Paul exhorted us to live our lives with the same “Christ Jesus the Lord” that we initially put our faith in. That is, this One, Jesus, who is Creator & Sustainer of the universe (1:16-17), who has priority & preeminence over all creation (1:15, 17), who reconciled sinful mankind to Himself & resides as Head of the church (1:22, 18) and in whom all God’s fullness dwells & all wisdom & knowledge hides (1:19; 2:3) – this One must consume our lives; we must live in Him!

Following this brief transitional command to “walk in” Jesus, Paul delays in explaining what this means & how this is done. Instead, in 2:8-23 he warns about the false teachers who seek to mislead them (see 2:8, 16-19, 20-23), while at the same time he elevates what Jesus has done and accomplished for and in us (see 2:9-15, 19). Only then does Paul describe for us how to walk in Jesus; this he does in 3:1-2.

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