Commentary on Colossians, 1:13 (Kingdom of Christ)

Colossians 1:13

“who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love;

“delivered”  (Gr. rhuomai – 4506)

Rescued, saved

“power”  (Gr. exousia – 1849)

Force, authority, jurisdiction, domain, kingdom.

“translated”  (Gr. methistemi – 3179)

Transfer from one place to another.

This to me is one of the key verses in the Bible, and is one of my favorite subjects to talk about. It’s Key in the sense that I believe it should be a verse that is included whenever we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone, for it’s a central aspect of our salvation. Key in the sense that it describes where we were before Christ, and where we are now. It describes who’s kingdom we were in before we met Christ, and who’s kingdom we’re in now. It describes who we were subject to before salvation, and who we’re subject to now. It’s a verse that puts our life in Christ in proper perspective as it relates to our life in this world.

Before salvation, we all dwell in the kingdom of darkness. We’re all under the authority and influence of Satan. When we trust Christ as our Lord and Savior, we’re transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. We’re transferred from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of Christ. 

The kingdom of Satan is characterized by the following:

– The rule and laws of Satan
– Children of the devil
– Darkness
– Evil
– Sin and rebellion against God
– Lies and deception
– Spiritual blindness
– Spiritual death and separation from God
– Eternal damnation away from God
– The world
– The will of Self

The kingdom of Christ is characterized by the following:

– The rule and laws of Christ
– Children of God
– Light
– Holiness and righteousness
– Submission and obedience to God
– Truth
– Spiritual eyesight
– Spiritual life and reconciliation with God
– Eternal life in the presence of God
– Heaven
– The will of God

I mentioned above that this is a verse I believe we should share with others when presenting the gospel message. Reason being, is that all these characteristics of the two kingdoms reveal that salvation is more than simply a free pass to Heaven. It reveals a new kingdom, a new Ruler, a new government that is to regulate our lives, a new purpose, a new direction in life, a new family, and a new Father to lead us and provide for us. 

Not that we’re under a direct command to share the plan of salvation in the context of the kingdom of Christ, but when we do, it clearly reveals to the listener that salvation is more than about the way to Heaven. It allows the listener to better understand the decision they’re making when they place their faith in Christ. When the gospel is presented in the context of the kingdom of Christ, it allows them to see exactly what kind of decision they’re making, that it’s a whole new authority and  life and lifestyle that they’re surrendering to. When presenting the gospel in such a manner, it ensures true conversions. 

The gospel message that’s presented from pulpits today are often so shallow, with such little substance, that it’s likely that many people don’t really know what they’re doing when they “trust Christ.” I believe the results are often false conversions, which would explain why there are so many professing Christians who fall away from living for Christ. 

Not only does presenting the gospel message in the context of the kingdom of Christ ensure true conversions, but the practice and example for this is clearly provided for us in the New Testament. Both Jesus and the apostles presented the gospel within the context of the Kingdom of God. I wrote a two-part article about this very subject, and I would encourage you to read it. I regard it as one of the most important articles that I’ve ever written. Here’s the link to it:

The Gospel and The Kingdom

Another related article (two parts):

A Case for Conditional Security, and Why it’s Not a Works-Salvation