Mar 20, 2019
As Christians we sometimes fail to realize what Jesus’ salvation has won for us. We sit at the cross, mindful of our sin. But Colossians 1:12 says God has made us fit to share in the inheritance of his saints.
Most Christians think that inheritance is what is reserved for us in heaven. But the verses in Colossians are part of a prayer Paul was praying for believers to experience on earth. Remember Jesus’ praying that we are to ask for God’s will on earth as it is in heaven? "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10 KJV
It is time for us to start asking ourselves what is in heaven that we are suppose to be seeing on earth.
If you are a born again Christian, you have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of light. Young’s Literal Translation reads, “ delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:13) Delivered is rhuomai, rescued. Translated is methistēmi to carry away.
We have been rescued from a government of oppression, Satan’s dominion, and carried away to a different government, the kingdom of Jesus.
When God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, He brought them out. Look what Psalm 105 says He gave them:
"He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes... He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness...” Psalm 105: 37-43
Being rescued, asking Jesus into your heart, asking Him to forgive you and to become the Lord of your life, opens up a new state of existence for the believer. All that old stuff— failure, oppression, anxiety, confusion, guilt—falls off because you’ve been carried away. You don’t have to pick it up again.
You became a citizen of a new government when you became a born again follower of God. Read those verses in Psalm 105 and think about them. This is what God has provided for you when He brought you out of your Egypt:
- He blesses the works of your hands so you will prosper.
- He strengthens and heals your body.
- He provides shade, rest, for you.
- He gives you fire, the Holy Spirit, to give you wisdom and understanding.
- He lives in you as a light.
- You ask, He answers.
- He gives you His Word and His Presence (His bread) to satisfy you.
- He is able to break the hard places in your life so that you are nourished and supplied.
- He waters the dry places in your life.
- He remembers His promise to Abraham and blesses all who trust in Him because they are Abraham’s children (seed and heirs).
- He gives us His joy and His gladness.
The verse says He brought His children out with joy. Praise Him for what is possible in Him. Praise Him in full trust that these things He has provided for you and wants you to have.
He is pure love. There is no darkness in Him. This love that exists in heaven, He wants us to have now.
Wow. Praising Him with you.
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