The Power of Grace Ministries

January 24

You have been “conveyed” from the power of darkness into God’s kingdom which means you have been transported by the power of God which has nothing to do with your efforts. 

Colossians 1:13-14
“13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

 This is awesome! Can you see how powerful the word conveyed is in this statement? When something is placed on a conveyer belt it is “automatically” moved in the correct direction and that object does not have to do anything to help that movement. We no longer need to live a life in strife to gain Godliness.  We no longer need to live in the sin that so easily ensnares us. We no longer need to live a life absent from the presence of God. We no longer need to live in spiritual lack because of what God did for us through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus. Everything in verse 13 has already happened and we are no longer fighting to get away from this darkness and no longer working to get into the kingdom of God. We have been conveyed! In Ephesians 2:6 we are told that God rich in His love and mercy for us, even while dead in trespasses made us alive together in Christ and that we are now with Him in heavenly places. Our spirit is brand new in Christ Jesus. We have a new spirit; we do not have an old condemned spirit and a new spirit both in us battling for ownership. We are “born again”, spiritually renewed into His likeness. In the KJV the word “translated” was used where in the NKJV they used “conveyed”. The Greek word for “translated” is METHISTEMI—which means to be removed from one place to another. Christians are spiritually removed from darkness into God’s kingdom of light by their faith in Jesus. 

 The other pivotal concept in verse 13 is “power of darkness”. God has delivered or “conveyed’ us from the “power of darkness”. We may stumble in darkness, but the power of darkness no longer can keep us from the light of being in His presence. 

 We have been redeemed by His blood. Believers in Christ Jesus and the blood He shed for our sins, should no longer strive to prove ourselves worthy, that is still working salvation out in the Law of Moses. A believer caught up in the life of strife for his/her own salvation through legalisms is actually saying that the blood of Jesus shed for their sins was not enough. It is natural thinking to have to earn something that is why our walk is one of faith. We have to believe the word in that God made us pure and acceptable to Himself through the blood of His Son. The Greek word for redemption means to “buy back or set free for a price”. When a person of wealth is kidnapped the first thing the authorities look for is the ransom price demanded by the kidnappers. To God we are people of great importance. He created mankind and Satan took mankind captive through deception in the Garden of Eden. One man cannot over power the armed guards in a bank to rob it, however, if the robber can get their hands on one person and threaten the rest with watching the one captured person be killed, then the robber can control the armed guards. This is no different than the battle between Satan and God. Satan is a created angel and in  no way could stand up to God by himself, but in taking Adam captive through his deceit he removed man from the presence of God; the very thing God loved the most, His child. Because God gave man “Adam” authority over everything on earth, God could not go against His word and forcibly take back what was His. He sent His Son at the appropriate time to pay our ransom. That is why Paul in 1 Corinthians 6 and Peter in 2 Peter 2 tells us we were bought with a price. We have been redeemed by God with the blood of Jesus. If God was willing to pay such a price, why do Christians have this fear that God is looking for them to sin so He can zap us or condemn us? Psalms 103:12 prophesied this of God, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us”. What an awesome understanding. It is not what we can do, but what He has already done. God provided our salvation freely.