For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13
In the process of reading Scripture there are those wonderful moments when a verse or part of verse that you know well, resonates anew. There is a wonderful passage in Colossians 1 vv 9-14 where Paul paints a glorious picture of the journey of the Christian’s redemption. A phrase in our staff devotions the other morning that sent tingles down my spine was “and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves“.
When this part of the passage was read my mind immediately drifted into a reverie and, I must confess, I missed what was said after that. (Sorry Bruce!) A majestic king, regal and magnificent came to mind. Majesty and awe intertwined with the fact that I have been invited as a citizen of this Kingdom. I have been “brought in”. What an immense privilege! Me! A citizen of the Kingdom of the father’s son!
Moreover this Kingdom is anchored in the love the Father has for His son-king. This is no ordinary human kingdom. “The kingdom of the son He loves” is different from imperfect human examples. Rather it is pristine, perfect and eternal, underpinned by grace and relationship, from the Father to the son-king and to me.
I awoke from my reverie and it was time for prayer. But the moment away in my thoughts was special.