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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Four

IN HIS KINGDOM           Page 3
V.13 (Cont'd.)

** All of this is connected to the term "delivered". The Greek word is rhuomai and means to draw to oneself, deliver or rescue.

That term is greatly different from paradidomai, which was used by Christ in Matthew 17:22, Mark 9:31, and Luke 9:44 where He said that He was going to be "delivered into the hands" of sinful men. That word speaks of betrayal or being handed over by someone.

Our deliverance was just the opposite, our Father drew us to Himself in order to rescue us from our sin.

** Still in verse 13; once He delivered us from Satan's domain, what did our Heavenly Father do next?

He "transferred us"!

** Think through with me on this one, why would our Father want to do that?

Having bought us with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, we now belong to Him!
cf. 1Peter 1:18-19 and 1Corinthians 6:19-20

** In Biblical times, what would happen to the people who survived when one kingdom conquered another?

They were taken captive or "transferred" to the victorious kingdom for the purpose of becoming unwilling slaves, forced into various forms of labor. cf. Jeremiah 20:4-5

** According to verse 12 from last week, how is God's plan for us different?

Instead of receiving forced labor, we receive "the inheritance of the saints in light".

** By the way, to where are we transferred?

"...to the kingdom of His beloved Son..." That sure does have a nicer ring to it.

We can already answer our two questions from the beginning of our study.

1) Where do we live? "In His Kingdom".

2) To Whom do we belong? To God, through Jesus Christ.

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