He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. — Colossians 1: 13–14
Those who have been conveyed into the kingdom of Christ must also exhibit corresponding characteristics.
Colossiansaddresses an event that is of fundamental significance for us: God “has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”. This is not something that will only happen to us at some point in the future, but is rather an act of God that has already been performed upon us. Believers can feel the effects of this: they have been delivered from death—the power of darkness—and have been conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love. The power of sin has lost its ultimate dread for those who have received the sacraments and grasp God’s grace with longing hearts.
By receiving the sacraments and through faith we have been conveyed into the kingdom of Christ. This is also to become evident in our conduct in that
- we always seek fellowship with the Lord.
- our lives are filled with worship and serving.
- we live in a future-oriented fashion.
- we turn to our neighbour in love.
In this manner the kingdom of Christ can also be perceived by others through our conduct.