Posted by: The Simple Guy | June 26, 2010

The Inheritance of the Redeemed

In my daily personal devotions I have been reading through Colossians.

A couple of words in chapter 1 caught my eye, and I have been pondering them.  Thought I would share them here for your input.

First some background.  I have been looking at Paul’s prayer for the saints at Colossae.  It is found in these verses:

Col 1:9-14 ESV
(9)  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
(10)  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
(11)  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
(12)  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
(13)  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
(14)  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Paul prayed that they would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding – implying that the will of God for each of them is specific, and requires wisdom and understanding – the work of the Spirit in our lives.

This knowledge is not theoretical, it is for a purpose, so that they would be able to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in intimacy with God. (increasing in the knowledge of God – not knowing about God, but KNOWING HIM)

Sounds like a monumental task, but Paul prayed that they would be strengthened with God’s limitless power, according to His might so that they could endure patiently with joy.

I find that my patience loses joy at the point where I doubt my reserves – Example:  If we are getting ready to go to town, and the family is in the car.  We have a deadline, we need to be in town at 10am.  It takes 15 minutes to get there.  At 20 minutes till, I get restless.  Joy becomes a struggle.  15 minutes till, I am no longer happy to wait, I don’t have enough time to get there.  My reserve has been used up.  Now I am still waiting, but no longer patience with joy.

Paul prayed that they would be able to endure patiently with joy because they are not strengthened by their own reserves, but by God’s limitless might.

We have looked at the first 3 verses of the prayer.  Notice the verb tenses here.  All present tense looking toward the future.  All leaning forward to serve our Master more effectively.

9)  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
(10)  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
(11)  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

Verse 12 moves to the past tense as we look to the completed work of Christ on our behalf.  You see, our ability to lean forward towards pleasing Him in the now and hereafter rests on this unshakable foundation.  His completed work on our behalf.

(12)  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
(13)  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
(14)  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

We give thanks to the Father who HAS QUALIFIED us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He HAS DELIVERED us from the domain of darkness and TRANFERRED us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  In whom we HAVE redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!

Ok, now to the two words that caught my attention and had me pondering.  Verse 12 says he has qualified us to share in the INHERITANCE of the saints in light.  But verse 14 says we have REDEMPTION.

To be redeemed means to be bought back, as a slave on the auction block.  What inheritance does a slave have?  A slave doesn’t even own the clothes on his back!  How can he inherit anything?  The use of these two words together puzzled me until I remembered a picture from the Old Testament.  (What do you think of that Heather?  I’m seeing pictures!)

The picture is found in the book of Hosea.

Hosea’s unfaithful bride became an adulteress and he bought her back.  He made her his bride again.  When we look at God’s picture of marriage, God says that the two shall become one.  They share the inheritance.  One who was not family becomes family.  One who was outside of the family, maybe even an enemy becomes a child by the law.  It is an adoption of sorts.  This is the picture of a marriage covenant between us and God’s beloved Son.

We were not redeemed to be the low-level slave that empties the chamber pots.  We have been redeemed to be His bride!  What a beautiful thought!

We are joint heirs with Christ!  This prayer is about being a pleasing bride to Him.

These forward leaning present tense statements take on a whole new meaning when I think of them as a prayer for the bride at her wedding!  Let’s read it again with that in mind:

Col 1:9-14 ESV
(9)  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
(10)  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
(11)  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
(12)  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
(13)  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
(14)  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Any thoughts?

Craig

Redeemed--how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed  by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His  child, and forever, I am. 
 Redeemed, redeemed,
 Redeemed  by the blood of the Lamb;
 Redeemed, redeemed,
 His  child, and forever, I am. 
Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No  language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With  me doth continually dwell. 
I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I  think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His  love is the theme of my song. 
I know I shall see in His beauty
The  King in whose way I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And  giveth me songs in the night.

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Responses

  1. (13) He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
    (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    How awesome is that!!!!!????

    The pictures are great, aren’t they 😉

  2. And, the music is nice, too!

  3. Thrilling insights Craig! I was reminded again of how the truths that you articulated here are so beautifully comprehended by John Newton in the hymn, “Amazing Grace”. In one line he writes, “Twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” I am convinced, the longer I live, of the experiential reality, and of the absolute necessity of His saving, enabling, and preserving grace for every second of my existence!!
    Truly, without Him, I can do nothing!!
    Thanks Brother!

  4. Very good words. We have been redeemed, qualified, delivered, and transferred, that we may share in the inheritance. What a wonder! Paul’s prayer looks at the present (asking that they may be filled, that they may walk worthy, that they may bear fruit and grow and fully please the Lord). It looks at the past (what the Lord’s done for them) and at the future (at their inheritance). It’s an amazing scope.


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