13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1).
This is one of my favorite verses of Scripture. All my life I had been held captive in “the domain of darkness”—the most sinister and hopeless place that exists—and then one day I was miraculously “rescued” from it by the mighty hand of God Himself. But He didn’t just leave me safely on the border—He “transferred [me] to the kingdom of His beloved Son” who gave me “redemption” and “the forgiveness of sins.”
By redeeming me He made me His own. I belong to Him and no other. I am His possession—but more than that, I am His trophy in which He delights to display to others. By forgiving me He has made me innocent of all crimes against Him and His kingdom. Instead of an enemy, I am His friend and a citizen of His Kingdom—but more than that, I am His child in His family in which He delights to introduce to others.
It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Lord, thank You for rescuing and forgiving us! Help us This Day to walk as good citizens of Your Kingdom and doting children of their heavenly Father. Amen.