The Consciousness of Redemption

“…. the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” -Col. 1.12b-14

The language Paul uses with regard to the reality of redemption is both rich and glorious. The Father Himself has lifted us from the deepest pits of depravity, washed away the profoundest stains of iniquity, and “qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” It is far too easy to lose sight of the glory of redemption, and the powers of darkness are skilled in the art of distracting us from this truth. Most believers live and think as if Moses, Isaiah, Peter and Paul, and all the great historic figures of the faith must have received a better brand of mercy than we receive nowadays.

There is something lodged in our minds that the principalities and powers delight in taking advantage of. It is that terrible issue of self-consciousness, which convinces us to see ourselves after the flesh, rather than through the lens of the Holy Spirit. It is quite possible to remove your soul from the awareness of redemptive grace, and to bind yourself in the chains of demonically inspired opinion.

You may have committed no willful sin on a particular day, and you may be abiding in the word of the Lord. But as soon as an accusation comes against you, or a negative opinion is spoken about you, your consciousness of “inheritance” and “redemption” will leave unless you have been rooted and grounded in the love of Christ.

We have not received something less than what Moses received. Indeed, Paul has declared that the glory of Christ “surpasses” the glory that rested on Moses (2 Cor. 3). It is a great mission of hell to convince believers that this is not so. But the apostle labors to remind us that we are now “sharing” in the same “Light” that rested on Moses, Isaiah, and the apostle himself. It is the Light of the Father, permeating our souls unto redemption, through the High Priest and Apostle of our confession, the Son of God. In actuality, Christ Himself is the Light. (Jn. 1)

Look up then, beloved soul! You have been “transferred” from the grips of darkness, into the glory and Light of Jesus Christ. No accusation or twisted opinion can stand against you. Let no hollow hellish indictment alter your seeing. The Lamb of God has made you new, and He has accomplished it through the shedding of blood. It is too costly and precious to forget. Arise, and walk in that newness of life.

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