“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,”
Having given thanks for the inheritance for which the Father qualified believers, Paul now moves his thanks toward the believer’s rescue from the satanic realm.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness”
The words “delivered” and “conveyed” relate to the themes of the Old Testament.
We were delivered from Satan’s kingdom, a kingdom of darkness (Eph 6:12), by placing our faith in the cross. God calls Satan’s kingdom utter darkness (Mt. 25:30). We are called out of darkness (1 Pet. 2:9). “Darkness” is more than the absence of light; it is the opposite of light. Darkness is not only without God; it is against God. We have been delivered from rebellion against God.
The word “delivered” means we were delivered at a point in the past — our conversion. This deliverance is absolutely finished. There is no progress in this rescue. It is an event. This is a spiritual rescue greater than the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
The word “power” is authoritative power. God rescues us from the authority of Satan. We are no longer under his evil rule. Darkness has no more authority over us. Satan’s authority has been broken. We do not have to obey him any longer. The world is becoming more vicious and cruel every day. “Power” here probably means jurisdiction. We are no longer under the jurisdiction of Satan. We are out from under the tyranny of Satan.
The believer is rescued from the kingdom of Satan and placed into “the kingdom of the Son of His love” permanently.
We need to be reminded that we cannot become dislodged from the kingdom of Christ. We can also forget that we belong to another kingdom than this world system. All the power of Satan cannot remove us from that kingdom. We irrevocably belong to God’s kingdom. We have been permanently transferred from Satan’s kingdom to Christ’s kingdom. We are under a brand new authority. The only thing left for Satan is to try to fool us that we belong to his kingdom. It is easy to get our eyes off what God has done for us in Christ. We subjectively get our eyes on people or other things and not on the objectivity of truth.