Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: (KJV)
Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, ESV
The two scriptures above further express the mission of Christ on Earth. Most people know and recognize Jesus as the Saviour who was sent by God to save mankind from their sins. While this is true and briefly summarizes His mission, it makes it so simple and general which perhaps explains why a lot of people today are still in their sins as they find it difficult to comprehend the fact that they are part of the world that Jesus came to save. Yes, He came to save us from our sins but we need to further extend this knowledge by asking questions such as save us from who, from where, from what, how and why did He chose to do what He did?
He came to deliver us from the power of darkness or from the dominion of the devil whose main mission was to kill, still and destroy. We were actually living our lives under a kingdom that is controlled and dominated by the devil : a kingdom characterized by wickedness in high places, where the law that is operating is only against the subject, I mean the law of sin and death. The subjects in this kingdom are doomed for damnation and destruction. A kingdom characterized by hopelessness, terrorism, torment, anguish, poverty, pain and all manners of evil. That is the kingdom He has come to deliver us from. The Bible says in Revelation 12:12 (KJV), ‘Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and of the sea, for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.’ The devil took over the reign on Earth from man after his fall and since then, the kingdom of this world is under the dominion of the devil. He has his agent all around the world actively perpetuating his evil and his objective is clear in a three letter word; (SKD) Steal, Kill and Destroy dreams, goals, visions, families, marriages, businesses, education etc. The whole world lies under these wickedness and they have penetrated all sectors of our lives: politics, religion, economy, entertainment… to carry out the same mission; SKD.
This is the kingdom we have been delivered from. Jesus rescued us from the power of darkness, from dominion of the devil, from the kingdom that is controlled by the prince of the power of the air. He rescued us from sin and death, He delivered us from poverty, shame, pain, sickness, torment, terror and darkness. He did not stop there, He then translated or transferred us from that kingdom into a new kingdom controlled by another king. God changed our citizenship from the kingdom of the devil into the kingdom of His dear son, Jesus : a kingdom characterized by righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost : a kingdom where grace now abounds in place of sin consciousness : a kingdom where we are no longer slaves or subjects but joint heirs and parts of God’s family : a kingdom where we have been given life in abundance, not because we merited it but because of the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The beauty of our translation is such that, yes, we are still in our old kingdom but not part of it any longer. We live in our new kingdom, while still physically in the old kingdom but no longer subject or under the dominion of it and the law that governs it. We are in this world but we are not of this world. We have been translated into a new kingdom so that we will shine our light and others who are still under the dominion of the old kingdom of the devil, will see our light and be attracted and gradually, we will depopulate the kingdom of the devil and populate the kingdom of God simply by living and manifesting our new kingdom life style, working in dominion and taking authority over all the works of the enemy. By default, the devil is in charge but when we take authority, we subdue him. This is the reason for our translation: to subdue and replenish the earth with people like us. The kingdom of heaven is here, live it! Manifest it in Jesus’ name!
For further Study
Personal declaration for the day
I am on earth as representative of heaven and I have authority from God to rule and reign.
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know your true citizenship and identity?