Key Verse: “and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12–14
Light and darkness! What do you feel when you think of light? Of darkness? Do you not have an immediate mood response? Darkness is associated with fear, danger, gloom, coldness, disaster, death, shadows, and overwhelming evil. The first thing we do when we walk into a dark room is turn on a light. Light by contrast, means safety, life, knowledge, warmth, purpose, and goodness.
Colossians 1:12–14 are some of the most profound verses in the entire Bible. They are an incredible summary of what Christ has done. By nature and choice we loved the darkness more than the light, because our actions were evil (see John 3:19). We choose darkness because it hides reality from us. Have you ever been down a mine and turned off the light? It is completely dark, you can not even see your hand in front of your eyes. Before Christ, we were spiritual blinded by the darkness. We didn’t have the ability or desire to seek God’s light. The Bible teaches not only that we were children in darkness, but that we were once full of darkness (see Ephesians 5:8).
Yet, God out of love, has rescued us from the dominion of darkness. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” You are no longer bound by darkness. You are no longer blinded to God’s glory for He has rescued us and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.