“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” – Colossians 1:13
LIGHT FOR NOW: We were delivered from the power of darkness.
In our text for today, the writer starts with the word ‘who’; this therefore implies that in order to understand what the author meant, the text must be contextually analysed. In explaining the above text, they are keywords that must be considered. These words are: Delivered, Power, Kingdom and Darkness. The word “delivered” was translated from the Greek word “rhuomai”. It was used 18 times in the New Testament books of the bible. It implies to rescue, deliver a person or object to you. Hence, when “rhuomai” is used, the one delivered is moved from one location to another. It should be observed that the word “delivered” used by the author was in the past tense implying that it has happened and the result of that is being translated into the kingdom of His son. In the Greek etymology, the word “rhuomai” was also used for rescuing slaves such that they now become the deliverer’s possession. This implies that when the word is used, the one who is delivered now stays with the deliverer who rescued the delivered to himself. This implies that when the word is used, the delivered goes from somewhere to another (a change of location); thereby implying that the recipient (the delivered) goes from captivity into another location entirely. This means when “rhuomai” is used, the delivered person becomes the deliverer’s possession. In other words, the one who makes a conquest at war is now in charge of the delivered object.
Let us observe the use of the word “rhuomai” in the New Testament books of the bible:
The synoptic (four) gospels:
It was used by Jesus in Matthew 6:13 when He said “… but deliver us from evil…”
Jesus spoke of delivering from the evil one. The word evil speaks of a person. Luke’s account of this also captured this detail. Luke 11:4 “… And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us…”
Every time it was used, as seen earlier, it was for delivering to oneself. Matthew 27:43 “He trusted in God; let him deliver…” This was used by one of the male factors when Jesus was being mocked on the cross. Luke 1:73-74 “The oath which he…” It was used in this text as deliverance from an enemy. The kind of deliverance spoken of in the text above is the same in reference to Obadiah 1:17, which said that they are an escaped lot because they are in Zion.Therefore, a delivered person is not just free but he is free from a hold; hence, deliverance is not freedom to yourself. It has to be from someone to another.
Luke 4:18-19 “The spirit of the Lord is…”
Jesus here read from Isaiah 61:1-2. Isaiah spoke prophetically here concerning Jesus. Jesus emphasis was on preaching deliverance.
INSTRUCTION:Acknowledge that you have been delivered.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for paying the price of my redemption, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Deliverance is not a practice, it is a message.
DAILY BIBLE READING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 16; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4