2008-11-26 - Nothing But Trust
Colossians 1:13, "For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son."
Think for a moment of just a few ways that darkness is used in Scripture: It is used to explain the condition of the wicked as being in a state of darkness, 1 Samuel 2:9. The fifth angel to who pours out his bowl of the wrath of God in Revelation 16:10, pours it out upon the throne of the beast, and it becomes dark, "and they gnawed their tongues because of pain." Darkness is called the "way of the wicked," Proverbs 4:19. In the crucifixion of Christ, there was darkness over the whole land, Matthew 27:45. We are told in 1 Peter 2:9, that, as followers of Christ, we have been called out of darkness. And this is really what is in mind in Colossians 1:13. There are several similar passages, besides 1 Peter 2:9 and Colossians 1:13, that talk about things related to our once having been in darkness, but Christ having brought us out: 2 Peter 2:4, 1 John 2:8, Ephesians 5:8, Romans 13:12, John 8:12, to name just a few.
The darkness of our sin is really our ignorance. We once were blind, but now we see. Christ has taken the ignorance of our sin and brought us into His light. We see in this dark element of sin a sleepy nature. How many live in sin, as if they were asleep to its reality and consequences in their lives? How many are under the influence of sin, and sleeping all the while? Can we really think that a man or woman would risk eternal misery for the sake of a few days of sensual delight, if they were not, in some way, slumbering in their sin? The truth is that Christ is there to give light, cleanse from sin, rescue - or as our text says, deliver from the darkness, but so many will choose eternal misery and personal ruin over Christ's perfect mercy. They would rather live in the putrid caverns of the dark sewer that sin is, than to recline at the table of mercy. Is it any wonder that we say sin has a sleep-giving power? It makes many careless and indifferent to themselves, and slapdash and messy concerning the things that most matter to them.
Christ has "delivered us from the domain of darkness." This is a blessed thought, but an even greater truth. He awakes the sinner from their ignorance - and displays light into their shallow lives. If you know the light, you rejoice in Jesus Christ. You once knew darkness. You once were asleep in sin, but you were washed, awakened and delivered. If you are downcast today, if you are this day feeling more darkness than light, if you cannot say you know this deliverance in a personal manner right now, go to God and pray to Him. Ask that He would give you light in your darkness, and would allow you to see Jesus Christ, either for the first time, or again as you once knew Him. Some, I think, get so caught up in all their good works, and doings for Jesus, that they never really see Jesus. They can't get beyond their works. True deliverance from darkness comes to Jesus empty-handed: a simple sinner, coming with nothing but trust in the finished work of salvation, and release from the darkness of sin given only in Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,