GOD HAS FREED US - PART 2
FRIDAY 02 JUNE 2023
This topic is considered as an expression of the power of God to save. Nobody else can save like God, showing that even in our Christian lives, we must be willing to submit fully to God, the Father, because it is only by His grace and the manifestation of His perfections, that we are free indeed. Jesus Himself was raised by God from the dead, meaning that even as the Son of God, He didn't raise Himself. Personally, this truth makes all my concerns disappear like a vapour, in such a way that I can effectually trust God and promote His glory and majesty in my life.
Reference: Colossians 1:13-14 New Century Version (NCV) "God has freed us from the power of darkness, and He brought us into the kingdom of His dear Son. The Son paid for our sins, and in Him we have forgiveness."
God has freed us from the power of darkness! This calls for celebration and a shout of triumph. And He also brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. We didn't ask for it. He did it by Himself and His own ability. The power of freedom alone is more than enough to keep us going, yet God did not just free us and then asked us to simply walk in our freedom. Why bring us into the Kingdom of His dear Son? It's because Christ paid the price for our freedom, and was mindful of His Kingdom, which He did not give up when the devil tempted Him.
Remember that God gave Jesus the chance to give up His Kingdom and glory by leading Him to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, but rather Jesus did not give in to the devil's temptations. To instantiate this, Matthew 4:1 says, "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry" (NIV). Which Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted? Of course the Spirit of God.
Now watch this: Jesus' last response to devil's temptation that weakened and defeated the devil at that moment in the wilderness was the Kingdom test. The Bible says, "Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor." "All this I will give you, he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him" (Matthew 4:8-11 NIV).
The Devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, not all the nations of the world. Got it? There is a great difference between Kingdoms and nations (see Psalm 22:28 NLT). What comes to mind when a Kingdom is involved is royalty. And notably, when you consider the kingdoms of the world and their splendours, royalties are the most respected figures across the universe or on a global level. So the devil targeted the supremacy of the royalty of Christ and planned to short-change His majesty and dominion. That was the moment Jesus' response took another dimension. He replied the Devil, "Away from me, Satan!" In other words, I have entertained enough of your insult.
Now God is in the business of depopulating the Kingdom of darkness and transferring the victims to the Kingdom of His dear Son Jesus Christ, who purchased our freedom by His superiority. Beloved, the Bible says, "For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son..." Colossians 1:13 (NLT).
Be Kingdom minded because the Kingdom of light is full of inheritance and dominion capacity designed for those who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb and are called the chosen race, the royal order of priests and God's precious and purchased possession. Hallelujah! Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 22:28; Psalm 45:9-11; Isaiah 62:3; 1 Peter 2:9.
Exuberant Declaration: I thank God for the wisdom, goodness, and the richness of mercy He manifested in my life by transferring me into the Kingdom of light, on account of Christ's atoning sacrifice that freed me from sin. Accordingly, through the miraculous circumstances which accompanied the Lord's victory on the cross, the realities of the Kingdom of heaven is continually demonstrated in my lifestyle, to the glory of God. Blessed be God!