How Are We Made Meet To Be Par­tak­ers Of The In­her­i­tance Of The Saints In Light?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - DE­VO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUOTED FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BIBLE Randy Moll

“Giv­ing thanks unto the Fa­ther, which hath made us meet to be par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in light: Who hath de­liv­ered us from the power of dark­ness, and hath trans­lated us into the king­dom of his dear Son: in whom we have re­demp­tion through his blood, even the for­give­ness of sins.” Colos­sians 1:12-14 (Read v. 9-23)

How is it that you and I, re­bel­lious sinners by birth, were made meet (or fit) to be “par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in light”? How is it that God the Fa­ther could trans­late us from the king­dom and power of dark­ness into the king­dom of His own dear Son? How is it that our sins could be par­doned and for­given?

We find the an­swer in St. Paul’s let­ter to the be­liev­ers at Colosse. It is be­cause of the re­demp­tion ac­com­plished by Je­sus Christ, the only-be­got­ten Son of God, when He suf­fered and died upon the cross.

The in­spired Word tells us that Je­sus is “the im­age of the in­vis­i­ble God, the first­born of ev­ery crea­ture: for by him were all things cre­ated, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, vis­i­ble and in­vis­i­ble, whether they be thrones, or do­min­ions, or prin­ci­pal­i­ties, or pow­ers: all things were cre­ated by him, and for him: and he is be­fore all things, and by him all things con­sist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the be­gin­ning, the first­born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre­em­i­nence” (v.15-18).

Je­sus is God Him­self in the flesh, the eter­nal Son of God and the Cre­ator of all things who took upon Him­self our na­ture and be­came a true man (cf. John 1:1-5, 14-18; He­brews 1:1-3; 2:14-17). And, as our Redeemer and the first­born from among the dead, He is the head of the church.

And, “it pleased the Fa­ther that in him should all ful­ness dwell; and, hav­ing made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to rec­on­cile all things unto him­self; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (v. 19-20).

God’s only-be­got­ten Son be­came true man that He might take our place un­der God’s law and ful­fill all right­eous­ness for us, and He took the guilt and just pun­ish­ment of our sins and the sins of the world that He might ap­pease God’s wrath and sat­isfy the just de­mands of God’s law against us sinners.

God the Fa­ther made peace through the blood of Je­sus’ cross (aorist ac­tive par­tici­ple), in or­der to rec­on­cile (aorist ac­tive in­fini­tive) all things unto him­self, whether in earth or in heaven.

“And you, that were some­time alien­ated and en­e­mies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he rec­on­ciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and un­blame­able and un­re­prove­able in his sight…” (v. 21-22, again us­ing the aorist tense). The sal­va­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of be­liev­ers to God al­ways go back to the cross of Christ Je­sus and what He ac­com­plished for all there when he of­fered up Him­self as a sac­ri­fice for sin.

This ap­plied to the be­liev­ers at Colosse, and it ap­plies to us, as well (cf. Rom. 3:19-26; Eph. 2:11-18). In our nat­u­ral state, from con­cep­tion and birth on­ward (cf. Ps. 51:5), we were in re­bel­lion against God and liv­ing in death be­cause of our dis­obe­di­ence and sin (cf. Eph. 2:1ff.). But God, in His grace and mercy, sent to us His Word and brought us to see our lost and sin­ful con­di­tion un­der the law and to see, through the preach­ing of the Gospel, Christ Je­sus our Sav­ior, the Lamb of God who shed His blood on the cross and made atone­ment for the sins of the world (John 1:29)! Thus we, who are re­bel­lious sinners by birth and sep­a­rated from the fam­ily of God by our sins, are rec­on­ciled to God when we trust in the aton­ing and rec­on­cil­ing sac­ri­fice of Christ Je­sus – the sat­is­fac­tion ren­dered by God’s own dear Son when He suf­fered and died upon the cross for our sins and the sins of all mankind.

When Christ Je­sus, God the Son and true man, ful­filled all right­eous­ness for us and died on the cross for our sins and rose again in vic­tory, the re­demp­tion price was paid, sat­is­fac­tion was ren­dered, peace with God was won. And this was done that lost and con­demned sinners might look to Je­sus in faith and be par­doned, for­given, jus­ti­fied, counted right­eous, holy, un­blame­able and un­re­prove­able in God’s sight.

And how are they for­given, par­doned, counted right­eous, holy, un­blame­able and un­re­prove­able in God’s sight? How is it that you and I, re­bel­lious sinners by birth, are made meet to be “par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in light”? It is through faith in Christ (cf. Rom. 3:1926; Eph. 2:8-9; John 3:16; 5:24). And St. Paul says the same here: “If ye con­tinue in the faith grounded and set­tled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to ev­ery crea­ture which is un­der heaven; whereof I Paul am made a min­is­ter” (v. 23).

Through the re­demp­tion ac­com­plished by Christ and through the preach­ing of the Gospel, God the Fa­ther has made us “meet to be par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in light.” He has “de­liv­ered us from the power of dark­ness, and hath trans­lated us into the king­dom of his dear Son: in whom we have re­demp­tion through his blood, even the for­give­ness of sins.”

We thank and praise You, O Christ, for re­deem­ing us and bring­ing us to know and trust in You for for­give­ness and life ever­last­ing. Pre­serve us in this true and sav­ing faith unto life ever­last­ing. Amen.

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