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
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The kingdom, as we know, is where the King reigns. Whatever our physical location, if we live under the rule of the King, we are citizens of the kingdom.
This seems to be missed in the law versus grace argument. I don’t have a side in that discussion. Grace and forgiveness are the privileges, we might say, of citizenship in the kingdom of the Son. Those of us who have the rights of the children of God need not have too much concern about the rights of Englishmen or even what is enumerated in the Bill of Rights. I live under grace because I have transferred my allegiance and my obedience to the Lord and His kingdom.
To live in the kingdom is to live by a higher law than any man-made legislative body can craft. If I am condemned by the Supreme Court it means little compared to the verdict of the righteous Judge of heaven and earth. He calls me to live by faith in Him. He says to love others as He loves me, to forgive as I have been forgiven, to behave with care and avoid offense where possible, to protect and guard the souls of His little ones as I would my own.
I understand the aged Paul better than I used to, I think: I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account (Philippians 1:22-23). There are people yet in this world that I love, and I want to remain with them to do my part to look out for them and make them happy, but this world is a troubled and troubling place. I don't think I'll miss it all that much when it’s my turn to leave.