“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,”
In the first half of the verse, Paul presents the negative side of who rules us; now, he turns to the positive side. There is no middle ground between the diabolical kingdom of Satan and the divine kingdom of God. We are either in one realm or the other. There is no progression between the two domains. God conveyed us into his kingdom instantaneously and immediately.
“and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”
The word “conveyed” means to transfer a body of people into another dominion. It was the custom of a victorious army to move a defeated population to another country. The Chaldeans moved Israel to the Mesopotamian valley during the Babylonian captivity. Here Christ moves people from the dominion of Satan to his own rule. The believer is not only dislocated from Satan’s kingdom but put into an entirely new kingdom. God is not in the process of transferring us into his kingdom; he has already done it at the point of salvation. Christ has apprehended us.
The phrase “the kingdom of the Son of His love” is unique in the New Testament. The usual expression relates the kingdom to the Father. This domain is not the millennial kingdom of Christ but the kingdom which the Father has entrusted to him until his millennial kingdom. In the end, Jesus will give the kingdom to the Father in any case (1 Cor 15:24-28).
Jesus took us out of one sphere and placed us into another sphere. He put us into a new status quo before God. We are now members of the universal church. We are now light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8). Our Lord us called out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). God conveyed us into His kingdom. There is none big enough, no Devil or demon, who can eject us from that kingdom.
Many of us labor under the delusion that no one loves us. That is because we have not come to the understanding that God loves us unconditionally, just as we are. We hold the same status quo as Jesus does before him.
We need to know how rich we are before we know what kind of accommodations we can afford.
Why should we drive a Chevrolet when we can afford a Cadillac? If we do not know what we are worth, we live below God’s provisions for us. We assume that all cars drive like a Chevy. We live our Christian life on a bumpy road rather than on the smooth road of God’s grace. Once we ride a Cadillac, we know the difference. Once we live in grace, we will see the difference. We will think that they repaired all the roads!
It is essential to examine our spiritual bank book. Many never look at their spiritual account by studying the Word of God. If God has put wealth into our account, we will dishonor him by not using it.