Mike Johnson

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Col. 1:13)

The above passage reveals what God did for the Colossian Christians as well as for those who are Christians today and contains some very important information about God’s people.

First, the verse tells us that Christians are, “delivered out of the power of darkness.”  This means that they had been delivered out of the power, or kingdom, of Satan.  They were no longer the servants of Satan, but, instead, they were God’s servants.

Next, the verse tells us that the Christians had been translated “into the kingdom of his dear Son.”  This passage makes it clear that they had been actually translated into the kingdom.  It would be impossible for them to be translated into something that did not exist.  Many today are still looking for the kingdom to be established; yet, this passage tells us that at the time that Colossians was written, the kingdom was already in existence.  It is also seen in Revelation 1:9 that the kingdom had been established as John speaks of being in it. Further, Hebrews 12:28 speaks of the kingdom being in existence as it says, “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

The New Testament has much to say about the kingdom.  The message of John the Baptist (Mt. 3:2) was, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  This was the same message that Jesus (Mt. 4:11) and His disciples (Mt. 10:7) presented to the people.  The expression “at hand” means that the kingdom was close or soon to come.  In Mark 9:1, Jesus told a group of people that some of them would not taste of death until they had seen the kingdom come with power.

What is the kingdom which is spoken of in these passages?  It is clear that the kingdom in these verses refers to the church.  One text which makes this very clear is Matthew 16:18.  Here Jesus made a declaration that He would build His church.  Then (V. 19) he used the term “kingdom” interchangeably with the term “church” which he had just mentioned.  Thus, from this passage and others it is clear that the kingdom refers to the church.

We read of the church being established in Acts 2.  Prior to Acts 2, the kingdom, or church, is spoken of as in the future, and after that it is spoken of as in existence; therefore, it could be said that the Colossians had been translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.