Delivered from Darkness

Colossians 1:13-14, [God the Father] 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.

When we look at our surrounding circumstances—terrorism, wars, school shootings, mass murder, serial killers, abusive parents, rapists, and so on—it is easy for us to become dismayed by this darkness that surrounds us. Some look up to the heavens, shake their fists, and say, “Why, God?” We, the humble faithful, say, “When, God?” That is, “When will You come to deliver us from this darkness?”

Thus, we find ourselves again in another now-not yet paradoxical reality. God has already delivered us from darkness and “transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Right now, we His children and citizens of His kingdom have already been delivered from this darkness that surrounds us. That is, we have been delivered from our inherited darkness (original sin) through the forgiveness of sins, and though we still live in this dark world, we have the assured hope of the ultimate deliverance from this darkness in the final eschaton. It is a hope that so few have.

Whilst we grieve over those who have been slain by the arrows of Satan, we take comfort that those who died in Christ are in God’s heavenly kingdom, we pray for their families; we pray for the lost who, angered by this darkness, submit to it; and we continue to look toward the Day of the Lord whence He slays the darkness and its dragon.


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