In order to make us “us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light” (Col 1:12), God our Father has saved us by His grace , given us faith, forgiven our sins (Col 1:14) and created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Eph 2:1-10).
To help us understand and walk fit for the inheritance in our life in Christ, let’s consider it with spiritual understanding of the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the Son.
The inheritance God our Father gives us is the kingdom of God that is to come.
Paul writes this inspired by God Word in view of the faith of the saints in Colossae and to us.
Here, we see God has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance, “delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.”
Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 to the holy ones and faithful brothers [brothers and sisters] in Messiah at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, praying always for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Messiah Yeshua and of the love which you have toward all the holy ones, 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News 6 which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth, 7 even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Messiah on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. Col 1:1-20
We celebrate that redemption in the Lord’s Supper.
Just prior to His death, Jesus ate the Passover with the 12. During the meal, He turned the old covenant Passover into the Lord’s Supper, the prophetic sign of the new covenant. We partake of this meal with spiritual understanding, for we “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Ro 8:4) by the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us (Ro 8:9-11).
He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Lk 22:19-20
There, we celebrate the new covenant in Jesus blood.
But now, quite apart from the law (though the law and the prophets bore witness to it), God’s covenant justice has been displayed. God’s covenant justice comes into operation through the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah, for the benefit of all who have faith. For there is no distinction: all sinned, and fell short of God’s glory—and, by God’s grace they are freely declared to be in the right, to be members of the covenant, through the redemption which is found in the Messiah, Jesus.
God put Jesus forth as the place of mercy, through faithfulness, by means of his blood. He did this to demonstrate his covenant justice, because of the passing over (in divine forbearance) of sins committed beforehand. This was to demonstrate his covenant justice in the present time: that is, that he himself is in the right, and that he declares to be in the right everyone who trusts in the faithfulness of Jesus. Ro 3:21-26 THE KINGDOM NEW TESTAMENT, N.T. Wright
Because we have God given faith, we have assurance and we are convinced.
Further reading from Colossians 1 from Kretzmann
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