“he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves”
~ Colossians 1:13, The Bible
When we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, something tremendous happens as outlined by the verse above. Our soul goes through a state transition. We were once under the dominion of darkness, and through faith, by grace, an unconditional gift, we are transferred by the power of God, into the kingdom of the son he loves, (Jesus Christ).
Naturally, our souls are in darkness, our spirit longs for the life that it is designed for, everlasting life. This doesn’t mean that our soul will live forever, because the soul is designed to live forever, as an everlasting entity. But it means being alive, as opposed to its natural state, which is residing in darkness. Without Christ, the soul longs to find life, it longs to find the light which it is designed for. But things hold us back, fear, love of things other than God, and most importantly, a lack of belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
So, with our spirit and soul placed into the kingdom of light, the kingdom of God’s son, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, we are transferred from a place of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
“I am the light of the world”
~ John 8:12, The Bible
When Jesus made this claim, he was announcing just that – that there is no other place in which we find the light of life. Many search for enlightenment in a quest to find an inner peace, an inner light. But the true light, the light of life is found only in Christ.
When we believe in Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected from the dead, our spirit is made one with God, “whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:17, The Bible. In this spiritual union, there remains no darkness within our spirit. We are no longer under the dominion of darkness. Spiritually, God transfuses his life into our spirit, and wherever God’s life flows, life is born, our spirits come alive.
In this transferral, all claims upon us fall away. Satan can no longer bring any accusation or claim against us in terms of judgement or condemnation, for we are one with Christ. We are therefore redeemed, sanctified and made holy in one move by the Spirit of God. The work is done, once for all.
In Christ, and Christ in us, our spirit naturally walks in the light. There is no chance that it can walk in darkness.
You may be asking questions such as: Why do I still sin? Why is my mind still wrought with doubt? Why do I still fear?
These are legitimate questions. How can we be in the kingdom of light, and yet somehow, our lives in various places look as though we’ve not been transferred into the Kingdom of God.
“demonstrate repentance by … deeds”
~ Acts 26:20, The Bible
When Paul received his vision from heaven that literally stopped him in his tracks, he received this from Jesus directly. To turn people from the power of Satan to the power of God, and that they should demonstrate their repentance to God by their deeds.
Good deeds and a transformed life do not happen by magic. If it did, then the death of Jesus Christ would be in vain, for such behaviour would not be wrought out of choice, but by control and manipulation of our wills. It stands to reason that if God would so manipulate and control our will that we would lead a life free from dark thoughts, temptations and trip ups, being in very nature God, he wouldn’t have needed to send his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in order for us to approach him freely and enter life.
If “behaving” and living a holy life was a matter of such control, God would have imposed such control from the beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and in so doing, sinned at the dawn of time.
Instead, God allows us free choice. Even Mary had free choice when the angel appeared to her with news of a virgin birth – in which Jesus was born. Even Jesus had free choice when he was faced with the cross, and he wrestled in prayer during the night in the garden of Gethsemane to resolve his heart.
Free choice is given to all, God’s love is not controlling, but it is his loving kindness that leads us to repentance. Not our repentance that leads us into God’s love. Repentance follows as a demonstration of the forgiveness, life and spiritual freedom that has been imparted to us in Christ.
So then, when faced with thoughts and emotions that trouble us, conflict our hearts and minds, we remain confident that, even if we do sin, God’s love is not removed from us. For we are made one in spirit with Christ. Therefore, as Paul wrote in one of his letters, everything is permissible for me. But not everything is beneficial. And so he encourages us not to us the freedom and grace we have in Christ as a cover up for lawless living. Although we have absolute freedom to do so, living in a way that displeases God would end in grieving his spirit, because he longs for us to live in a way that is in step with his spirit, to live in a way worthy of the spiritual royal garments we wear on our spirit now we are clothed in Christ.
So you see, even though we may sin, we are no longer “sinners,” for we no longer dwell in the dominion of darkness. We have been transferred into the Kingdom of the son whom God loves, and so a holy life is one that lives in response to this inner change. But even if we do sin, or our hearts condemn us for something, God is bigger than our hearts and his love for us is never removed. We are forgiven – forgiveness is granted at the cross of Christ.
Everything that follows the moment of belief in the life of a Christian flows from this.
No condemnation. No guilt. No reason to self disqualify ourselves.
We are in the Kingdom of light. We are in the Kingdom of Life. We are in the Kingdom of the Son whom God loves. Nothing can change that.