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“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 kingdom or the other. There is no progression between the two kingdoms. God conveys us into his kingdom, instantaneously and immediately.

“and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”

The word “conveyed” means to move a large body of people into another dominion. It was the custom of a victorious army to move a defeated population to another country. Israel was moved to the Mesopotamian valley in the Babylonian captivity. Here Christ moves people from the dominion of Satan to his own dominion. The believer not only is dislocated from Satan’s kingdom but put into an entirely new kingdom. God is not trying to convey us into his kingdom; he has already done it. We have been apprehended by Christ.

The phrase “the kingdom of the Son of His love” is unique in the New Testament. The normal expression relates the kingdom to the Father. This 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). We have been called out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). There is no one big enough, no Devil or demon, who can eject us from that kingdom. We have been conveyed into God’s 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.

Principle:

We need to know how rich we are before we know what kind of accommodations we can afford.

Application:

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 know the difference. We will think that they repaired all the roads!

It is important to examine our spiritual bank book. Many never look at their spiritual account by examining the Word of God. If God has put wealth into our account, we will dishonor him by not using it.

 

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