As we enter into Easter Season, I am reminded of all of the benefits that have been afforded us because of Christ’s Death and Resurrection. The greatest of those benefits, I believe, is the power He has given us over darkness. Simply put, His salvation.
Colossians 1:13 says, “He delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”
Christ secured deliverance for us and placed us in His Kingdom. He has delivered us from Satan’s snare and given us eternal life through Christ. Salvation is the greatest benefit from this deliverance but it has much more. We find deliverance from sin, bondage, sickness and other tactic’s of the enemy of our souls. Christ is much more powerful and greater than any trap of Satan.
The Spirit Filled Life Bible notes interpret this verse:
“Delivered us…darkness conveys the idea of salvation rescuing us from the tyranny of darkness. Drawing on an important OT theme (see Ex. 6:6; 14:30), it includes rescue from such negatives as danger, death, sickness, and hostile situations in general (Ps. 33:18-19). These rescues include both present deliverances and future, consummated deliverances in the world to come. Conveyed refers to the deportation or transference of captured armies or populations from one country to another.”
My favorite picture of this deliverance from darkness is us getting a new owner. When we were slaves to sin, we were owned by the devil. Now God is our owner…He has transferred us to His possession. He has given us a new title of ownership.