There is so much richness here in this one chapter of a small letter written by the Apostle Paul. As we have been preparing ourselves to head into the book of Revelation, the discussion of the powers of good and evil will be upfront and personal. Today’s chapter speaks a bit about this. THEN, to keep us thinking about working out our salvation daily, we will look at a conditional clause that shines some light on this.
In our current culture, angels and demons are the stuff make-believe. They most often are sensationalized to turn a buck.
But children are not taught what the Bible has to say on this matter; for that matter, most adults are unaware of what the Lord has to say on this matter. There is a danger in aligning our thought that angels and demons are fiction instead of fact. Yet, to buy into that belief, then we would be saying that the Gospel accounts are false because, in all four of them, Jesus has interactions with both angels and demons.
Are you aware that there are powers of good and evil walking around us?? Are you aware of how their presence can impact our lives?? So let’s take a look at what this chapter has to say.
"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14
Who delivered us from the domain of darkness?
Why did He deliver us?
How do we qualify for this deliverance??
Let's consider what is “the domain of darkness.”
We know that God is LIGHT!!
The opposite of light is DARKNESS.
Which means that "a being" that is OPPOSED to God or "a being" at war with God.
The battle being waged is for the hearts and minds of every man, woman, and child.
"For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." Colossians 1:16
1) By “whom” were all things created - all things were created through him and for him?
2) What are some examples in God’s Word that give us a better understanding of the INVISIBLE thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities in this verse?
The Apostle Paul loved using a lot of complex sentences, and sometimes I get lost in the length of a sentence. So we are going to break it down a bit.
THESE ARE VISIBLE
… we can see them, we can perceive them, each are easy for us to notice!
thrones, dominions, rulers or authorities
THERE ARE INVISIBLE
… we are unable to see them, these things are not visible to our eyes,
these "beings" are concealed from sight , they are hidden.
thrones, dominions, rulers or authorities
This helps me because through breaking it out, I can understand that for every thrones and dominions as well as the rulers and authorities that are VISIBLE for humans to be able to SEE, PERCEIVE, and NOTICE with the eye, are also mirrored in the INVISIBLE. So we should be able to extrapolate that there are IN FACT thrones and dominions of DARKNESS and LIGHT in the INVISIBLE world around us that our human eyes are unable to see. There are happenings that are not visible to our eyes. There are "beings " of LIGHT and DARKNESS that are concealed from sight. There are battles that are hidden for our sight. And YES, these INVISIBLE happenings are here on earth
And this is why it is essential to daily put on the whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
"And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister." Colossians 1:21-23
1) What is the conditional clause that each of us are responsible for
in order to be presented as holy, blameless and above reproach when we stand before Jesus?
Whenever we come across the word "IF" in the middle of a sentence or statement, it is a good idea to pause and consider. The term "IF" introduces a conditional clause or a condition/supposition. Whatever comes after the "if" must be satisfied (completed) for the first part of the sentence to be validated or happen. So looking at what comes after "if" ... what is required of each of us in order to be presented holy and blameless and above reproach before Jesus. We are required to daily:
continue in the faith,
stable and steadfast,
not shifting from the hope of the gospel
Did I hear a groan?? Oh, I get it. Me too. But let us not be discouraged!!! Let's break it down. This helps me so much to have greater understanding of what my duties are or at least the direction I am suppose to be walking.
Hopefully this will give you a better idea of where the target we are suppose to be aiming for each day in our faith walk. And truthfully, the only way we are able to be successful in walking out this faith walk is not by our own strength, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us.