An Attitude of Gratitude
“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 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 1:12-14
With a heart overflowing with thanksgiving, the apostle Paul writes to the church at Colossae, reminding them of all the rich blessings they have in being a child of God. In his opening prayer for the Colossian church, he specifically mentions four things they should celebrate pertaining to their salvation; four things that should cause every believer to be filled with an attitude of gratitude.
First, God has qualified us. – Prior to conversion, we were dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), and in an unqualified position with God. Our sins separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and we were spiritually bankrupt. We were “in the red” so to speak. But Christ paid our sin debt, bringing our spiritual bank account in right standing (Colossians 2:13-14), thus qualifying us and giving us direct access to God the Father. Because of this, we are able “to share in the inheritance of the saint so light.” And so by being qualified, we are now made acceptable before God. To be sure, we are in no way worthy of such qualification; for there is nothing pertaining to our own merit or standing that qualifies us to share in this gift of spiritual inheritance (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are unworthy, but by the grace of God we are qualified by the righteousness of his Son Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Second, God has delivered us. – The child of God has been graciously rescued from the domain of darkness and has been set free from the bondage of sin. Just as God delivered the nation of Israel from the heavy and oppressing hand of the Egyptians (Exodus 12-14), he has provided the way of escape for us from our adversary the devil through his Son Jesus. We need deliverance, and we cannot save ourselves. Jesus came to rescue the perishing, and He is the only means of escape (Hebrews 2:3).
Third, God has transferred us. – We are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:1-7) but are now children of God. It is by his grace, the That He has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son. This transfer moved us from darkness to light (John 8:12). To transfer means to move from one place to another. A monetary transfer involves a move from one account to another. A college athlete who enters the transfer portal is looking to make a move to another team. And so when Paul says that God has, “transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,” he is saying that our allegiance and citizenship has gone from the kingdom of darkness and the devil to the kingdom of light and the Son of God (Philippians 3:20).
Fourth, God has redeemed us. – We have been purchased, bought with a price. And thus God has redeemed us, providing the beautiful blessing of forgiveness of sins. Redemption is a precious word within the vocabulary of the Christian faith. Because God has redeemed us, we are no longer slaves but sons (Galatians 4:7); we are no longer strangers and aliens but part of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19); we are no longer dead in our sins but alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5). Through this redemption, God has reconciled himself to us (Romans 5:10), and we enjoy the rich benefits of being his child.
Ponder these theological truths today, and be thankful for the wonderful blessings of being a child of God!
– Pastor Eric