What Has God Done For You In Jesus?
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV
This morning I would like to turn your attention to our heavenly Father and the Son of His Love Jesus Christ. I would like to see in our passage this morning what it is that God has done for His people through His Son Jesus Christ.
Our purpose is more than to inform. It is to make us thankful people and to drive us to praise to our God and His Son Jesus Christ. Also I am a firm believer that when people understand the grace of God that it makes them more gracious themselves. Once give up the idea that we are because of what we have done ourselves it moves us to works of mercy toward those who have not yet been touched by God’s gracious hand.
I. God has qualified us for an inheritance. V-12
A. Implications of “Qualified”
1. 1. If He qualified us then we understand that once we were not qualified.
a. We did not qualify ourselves.
2. If He qualified us then there are still people who are not yet qualified.
B. Meaning of qualified.
1. Gr. “To make sufficient” “to empower” or “to authorize” MacArthur Study Bible
2. “God qualifies us only through Jesus Christ. All people would be qualified only to receive His wrath.” MacArthur Study Bible
3. We always see that all we have we have in Jesus.
C. To an INHERITANCE
1. Lit. “For the portion of the lot” MacArthur Study Bible
2. Rom 8:16-17 helps us understand this concept.
a. Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. NKJV
b. By virtue of being a child of God we are an heir.
c. That makes us a joint heir of Jesus Christ.
3. If we are God’s children, we are heirs of God. Rom. 8:17
a. Matt 25:34 heirs to a kingdom
b. Gal. 3:29 heirs according to a promise
c. Eph 1:11 In Christ Jesus we have obtained that inheritance.
d. Heb. 9:15 the promise of the eternal inheritance.
e. 1 Pet. 1:4 “An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
II. God has delivered us from the power of darkness. V-13
1. If we have been delivered we once were held captive by the power of darkness.
2. If we have been delivered, then others are still being held captive.
B. Had God not rescued us we would have continued under the power of darkness.
1. We not only were powerless to deliver ourselves but we did not want to be delivered.
2. Darkness - blindness, hatred, misery (Bengel).
3. 2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. NKJV
4. Ephesians 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; NKJV
5. Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. NKJV
6. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NKJV
III. God has conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. V-13
A. The verb is often employed by the classical writers to signify the deportation of a body of men, or the removal of them to form a colony.' The term is therefore an expressive one. The Colossians had been lifted out of the realm of darkness, their original seat and habitation, and they had been carried into the kingdom of His Son, and colonized in it. They were not as emigrants in search of a home, nor as a company of dissatisfied exiles, but they were marched out of the one territory and settled in the other expressly by Divine guidance. John Eadie Greek Text Commentaries, Colossians
1. What a marvelous God we have that He did not allow us to remain in Satan’s kingdom under the power of darkness but has settled us in a good kingdom, one full of love and grace, mercy and forgiveness.
2. He has provided all things needful for our spiritual pilgrimage here.
3. He has given us multiple blessings, He had restored the years that have been wasted. Joel 2:25 "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you.
IV. He has redeemed us with the sacrificial blood of His Son. V-14
A. Redemption through blood.
1. Rom 3:22-26 For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. NKJV
2. Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. NKJV
3. Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. NKJV
4. 1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. NKJV
B. Forgiveness through redemption. V-14
1. Forgiveness is the first practical blessing we receive when we become a part of God’s kingdom.
2. The forgiveness we have through that redemption satisfies our greatest need. It makes us acceptable in God’s eyes.
3. On the basis of God’s redemptive work, we are forgiven and now nothing stands between us and our God.
4. Listen to what John Eadie says in his commentary.
a. It is a first and prominent blessing. So soon as faith springs up in the heart the pardon of sin is enjoyed—the results of expiation are conferred. This doctrine was placed in the front of apostolic preaching : Acts v. 31, xiii. 38, xxvi. 18 ; and among the Divine declarations and promises of the Old Testament, it occurs with cheering emphasis and repetition : Ex. xxxiv. 7 ; Isa. xl. 2, lv. 7 ; Jer. xxxiii. 8 ; Mic. vii. 18 ; Ps. lxxxv. 2, ciii. 3 ; and again and again it is announced as the result of accepted sacrifice in the Levitical law. And no wonder. So deep is man's guilt, and so tremendous is the penalty ; so agonized is his conscience, and so terrible are his forebodings ; so utterly helpless and hopeless is his awful state without Divine interposition, that a free and perfect absolution from the sentence stands out not only as a blessing of indescribable grandeur and necessity, but as the first and welcome offer and characteristic of the gospel of Christ. And it is no sectional or partial blessing. It makes no distinction among sins, no discrimination among transgressors. Its circuit is complete, for every sin is included, and it is offered with unbounded freedom and invitation. No previous qualification is requisite, and no subsequent merit is anticipated. And as it is the act of the sovereign judge, who shall arraign its equity, or by what other authority can it be revoked or cancelled ? Rom. viii. 33, 34. John Eadie
b. Forgiveness is more closely connected with redemption than any other blessing, as it is the only blessing enjoyed immediately from Christ, and as the direct result of His expiation. It springs at once from the Xtrpov which forms the centre and basis of the diroXvTpwo tc. Other blessings obtained for Christ's sake are given through some appointed and dependent medium. Thus, peace is the effect of pardon ; and holiness is the product of the Spirit and the word, as agent and instrument. But forgiveness passes through no intervention—it comes at once from the cross to the believing soul. John Eadie
c. It is essentially bound up with subsequent gifts. Forgiveness precedes purity—there is change of state before there is change of heart. The Holy Ghost did not come down till Christ was glorified—till His expiatory oblation had been accepted. Being justified, believers are sanctified. The imputation of righteousness is a necessary pre-requisite to the infusion of holiness. The Spirit will not take up His abode in an unpardoned soul, and the sinner's relation to the law must be changed ere his nature be renovated. At the same time, pardon and holiness are inseparably associated, and the remission of trespasses is the precursor of peace and joy, hope and life. So that, such being its nature, origin, and results, the apostle naturally places " forgiveness of sins " in apposition with redemption in Christ Jesus. John Eadie
V. If we continue to be mindful of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ it will do several things for us.
A. It will keep our worship full and fresh.
B. It will keep us in the service of the one who has purchased us.
C. It will keep us in His word to comprehend His blessings toward us.
D. It will keep us grateful, realizing where God has brought us from and to.
E. It will cause us to be fruitful in every work and way.
We have forgotten the gracious Hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Abraham Lincoln