“Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Who had delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:12-14
LIGHT FOR NOW: As Jesus is, so are you in this world.
Apostle Paul in this text explains deliverance as the forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18-19 lets us see that deliverance which is the forgiveness of sins is a message to be preached. Meaning the preaching of the forgiveness of sins is the preaching of deliverance. The Greek word, ‘aphesis’ used for the forgiveness of sins implies to let go of sins. It was used for the release from sins; to send away; complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. Deliverance in Christ is forgiveness of sins. Deliverance thus can be used interchangeably with the term ‘forgiveness of sins’. The man who is born again has received it. The word ‘aphesis’ in ancient Greek language was used for a perfect action; complete forgiveness, that is ‘you cannot have more than this’. Jesus spoke about this also: “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. Here Jesus spoke of repentance in the light of remission of sins. The word, ’and’ used between repentance and remission of sins is explanatory and not conjunctive. In Luke 24:47, Jesus emphasizes on preaching, that is, the preaching of repentance is the preaching of remission of sins.
The preaching of deliverance which is the gospel was also recorded by other accounts of Jesus’ earthly ministry: “whosoever sins ye remit; they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sin you retain, they are retained” (John 20:18-20). Jesus instructed his disciples to go into all the world and teach men. The same thing was repeated in Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”. We can basically say that the preaching of the gospel is the preaching of deliverance. The gospel of what Christ did for our sins is the message of deliverance. The believer was delivered from sin and condemnation to forgiveness. Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”. Now, observe that the preaching of the gospel and the casting out of devils (demons) was separated in Jesus’ instruction to the disciples in Mark 16. ‘cast out devils’ was translated from the Greek word which implies to expel. Therefore, the day a person receives the gospel, he received deliverance and the power of darkness has no hold over him. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: Know your identity in Christ so that you will not be deceived.
PRAYER: Father I thank you for indwelling me by your spirit. Thank you for delivering me from the power of darkness. Now I stand as the light and darkness has no hold over me, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Deliverance is not conducted; deliverance is a message.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1