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Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV)
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Last Sunday, I explained how God’s kingdom has landed on this earth. It hasn’t taken over, but there are little colonies of God’s kingdom, wherever people gather under the Lordship of Jesus. When we trust Jesus as our Lord, it is like moving into a new country, a country with different rules, government, culture, etc. In today’s passage, Paul describes this move into God’s kingdom of light as a rescue out of darkness. In just a few words, Paul describes the chief benefit of this rescue (we have “redemption, the forgiveness of sins”) as well as the life-change we experience (we “bear fruit in every good work”).