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October 4, 2017


Colossians 1:13-14

He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.



  • Paul is writing this letter to the church at Colossae.

  • The audience of this letter are followers of Jesus.

  • Words that stick out to me: “rescued”, “brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves”, “redemption”

  • I picture a king going into enemy territory to rescue somebody that had no hope of escaping the state they are currently in.



In this part of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul is reminding the believers of this foundational truth of the Gospel—we can’t, but He can. Paul describes our prior condition as being trapped and enslaved in the dominion of darkness. This is not just a rough patch that we can find our way out of, but a place of utter despair and death. No amount of effort or work could bring us out. We were powerless. However, Paul shares the Good News as well. He went into where we were powerless to escape and carried us to safety and into the Kingdom that will last forever. Through Jesus, the “Son he loves”, we have been bought and our ransom has been paid. Those who have recognized their need for rescue and have placed their faith in Jesus have a safe place in the kingdom. We are now protected under the authority, rule, and sovereign power of the King. If that isn’t something cool, I don’t know what is.




You are good. You are my rescuer. I am so glad that it wasn’t up to me to find a way out of my sin and brokenness. While I was stuck in my sin, you loved me enough and thought I was worth saving. Thank you for meeting me in that place and bringing me into your family as a son. I pray that the magnitude of that fact never ceases to amaze me. I pray that my heart will always be filled with gratitude for what you did for me through Jesus. Amen.

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