From the Kingdom of Darkness.
From the Kingdom of Darkness. Col 1:12-14; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath 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:
Many things have happened in this world, death comes to those who wait, unknowing when nor where nor even how it comes, but it comes to all. Many Ministers, of Gods Testimony, of His Son Jesus, are crying with bitter tears for the dead and the loss of many who have died without any hope of Salvation thru the rejection of the Blood of the Lamb. Atonement for them is far gone and is no longer available to them, whom have made their decision to follow false gods into eternity. These Ministers of the truth are not at fault for the lost that have died, but the fault lyes with those that chose darkness rather than light. Those who have died in sin must also be raised in sin to be partaker of the judgment of man. There is no fault in the ministers of truth, they have done their duty to God and man to deliver the truth.
2Co 4:5 (Wesley) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. The fault is not in us, neither in the doctrine they hear from us. We preach not ourselves - As able either to enlighten, or pardon, or sanctify you. But Jesus Christ - As your only wisdom, righteousness, sanctification. And ourselves your servants - Ready to do the meanest offices. For Jesus' sake - Not for honor, interest, or pleasure. The Father hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The word ?translated? has two specific meanings, 1.The translation of the body, as noted in scripture. To bear, carry or remove from one place to another. To remove or convey to heaven, as a human being, without death.
?By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death. Heb 16.?
2. Translated as of the spirit.
Those thus translated as to state, are also transformed as to character. This is a change from the carnal mind to the mind of Christ. A change of attitude a change in your thought processes a change in heart.
There are many that believe Col 1:12-14, is stating that Christians, who have been translated, are immune to attack by Satan and the forces of Darkness, this is a misconception and dangerous belief. The translation mentioned here is translation of the dead spirit to a live spirit and not the death of the body. A translation from a kingdom of lies and deception to the Kingdom of Light and Truth. From being a servant to Satan to the Servant of the Lord God Almighty. From being a slave to sin to being the Sons of God. So long as the Body is alive, it is a target for Satan and the kingdom of Darkness. Still don't believe? Look at Paul for example; 2Co 12:7-10; And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Paul was a preacher to the gentiles, of which we all are. ?And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations? this passage is stating that Paul, to be kept Humble, as we are, was given a pest, to keep Him in Humbleness. The Word ?revelations? was not the Book of Revelations, but spiritual insight into the truth of the Gospel. Paul states this twice, ?lest I should be exalted above measure.? Thou we have all wisdom and knowledge into the scriptures we are all still living in this kingdom of darkness. John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 2Co 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. I wish to look at, 2Co 4:3-4, for a moment, especially the words,?In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not? ?the god of this world,? ? is Satan.? If we look in the book of Revelations, after the letters to the churches we see a pattern that is very troubling. Starting with chapter 6 there is no mention of the Church until later in the prophecy's. This is troubling because if you noticed, even thou the prophecy's of revelations are still accessible to all, no one pays any attention to them. The Bible is still accessible but man, different from today, who are obsessed with prophecy, refuses to hear anymore of Scripture, or ignores it. Why? 1. The Church is Gone. The preaching of the gospel has changed course from the gentiles to the Jews, ergo the 144,000 sealed Jews. The times of the gentiles has been fulfilled. Which isn't to say that the gentiles cannot still repent but that prophecy must be fulfilled as it is written. Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
2. The kingdom of darkness has taken hold world wide. Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
3. Everyone is preoccupied with self preservation. Rev 6:15-17, And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
4. Since man has rejected the truth, God has blinded them, so that they cannot see. 2Th 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
In this statement,?Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness?, the word ?power? is not in the Greek language but rather signifies, the ability of, Faculty of the mind, as manifested by a particular mode of operation; as the power of thinking, comparing and judging; the reasoning powers. ?give commission? That is to mean, the ability to control our thinking, our mind and spirit. We have been translated from the control of the ways of darkness to the ways of Jesus Christ and His thinking. Righteousness and Goodness and Truth is the Kingdom of God. We have been delivered from the prince of darkness, [Satan] who, by means of sin and un-belief, keeps men in ignorance, vice, and misery. Has mankind become so blind that they cannot see? Have you also become blinded by the death and destruction of the past few years that Satan has also blinded your eyes to the truth of Biblical Prophecy? What are you seeking that Jesus cannot supply? Think about it. ars.
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