Dive In: Colossians 1:13-14

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14

Hello blog readers! For everyone participating in the #2019DiveinChallenge, we are entering our fourth week together.

The goal of the challenge to intentionally spend more time in God’s word and commit to memorizing scripture. When the word of God is hidden in your heart, you will begin to realize what Jesus meant when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b NIV).”  That same verse in the NLT translation says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

So far, we have memorized Romans 8:1-2Romans 6:23, and Ephesians 2:8-9.

It’s important to recite these verses occasionally so that you will remember them as we move forward!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Over the past 3 weeks, we have focused on salvation. We’ve learned what the word of God says about eternal life being a free gift that is received through faith. This week, I’ve chosen Colossians 1:13-14 for us to memorize.

I chose this verse because of the stigma many people have about the word “saved”. For some, the idea of being saved is unattractive. The world defines being “saved” as boring, uncool, or having to follow strict rules that zap all the fun out of life. That is a lie from Satan. The gift of salvation is the greatest rescue mission ever performed. If the word “saved” sounds off-putting to you – think of it as being rescued. Every person who has not received the gift of eternal life is in the dominion of darkness. The word dominion is defined as sovereignty or control. It’s also referred to as “territory”. The only way out is through Jesus. John 14:6 tells us, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is in whom we have redemption.

The word “redemption” is defined as the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt. Why would we need redemption, or why would there need to be an exchange for payment on our behalf? Because the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), and Jesus paid the ultimate price (in our place) so that we could be offered forgiveness.

As we go through this week together, find peace and rest in Colossians 1:13-14.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

*All scriptures are quoted from the NIV version unless otherwise noted. Feel free to memorize in whatever version you prefer!

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