Living in the Kingdom of God’s Son in our temporal life on this earth is God’s doing. God has made and is making us what we are through the blessings He has blessed with in Messiah Jesus. That’s what Paul revealed in the first chapter of Ephesians.
How our doing is God being through us—how we apply our God given faith.
Paul reveals that in the first chapter of his letter to the Colossians.
He begins by giving thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah because the Colossians are living in faith and love because of the hope laid up for them in heaven. That was God living in them, God’s doing.
Our doing is God being through us. The love we have for all the holy ones is prompted by that hope for we have heard the gospel of the kingdom and it is bearing fruit and growing as is does in us.
3 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 from 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. Colossians 1:3-8
Then, Paul’s prayer for the saints and us reveals God’s doing for us to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in spiritual wisdom and understanding so that we may walk worthily of the Lord, please him in all respects; bear fruit in every good work; increase in the knowledge of God, be strengthened with all power; for all endurance and perseverance with joy.
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. Colossians 1:9-11
Now, Paul reveals we are partakers of the inheritance “the hope which is laid up for us in the heavens” (Col 1:5), eternal life, God eternally with us in the new heaven and new earth (Rev 21). “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17
For our Father “delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love.”
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. Colossians 1:12-14
He must rule as King till He puts all enemies under His feet.
“But now Christ did rise from the dead, the first in the harvest of those who are sleeping in their graves. Since a man brought death, a Man also brought the resurrection of the dead. As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But everyone in his own group: first Christ, then, when He comes, those who belong to Christ.
“Then the end will come when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has put an end to every other government, authority, and power, since He must rule as King till He puts all enemies under His feet. The last enemy He will get rid of is death. You see, He puts everything under His feet. When He says: everything is put ;under Him, this clearly doesn’t include Him who puts everything under Him. But when everything has been has been put under Him, then the Son also will put Himself under Him who put everything under the so so that God will be everything in everything. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 AAT
God’s Son is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation
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. Colossians 1:15-17
“The meaning here is, that the being and perfections of God are accurately and fully represented by Christ. In what respects particularly he was thus a representative of God, the apostle proceeds to state in the following verses, to wit, in his creative power, in his eternal existence, in his heirship over the universe, in the fulness that dwelt in him. … the idea is, that in all things Christ fairly represents to us the divine nature and perfections. God is manifest to us through him; 1 Timothy 3:16. We see God in him as we see an object in that which is in all respects an exact copy of it. God is invisible. No eye has seen him, or can see him; but in what Christ is, and has done in the works of creation and redemption, we have a fair and full representation of what God is; see the notes at John 1:18; John 14:9, note.” Barnes
The Son is the head of the body. Through Him God reconciled all things to himself by him, “having made peace through the blood of his cross.”
18He 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. Colossians 1:18-20