Rescued by His Dear Son

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Colossians 1:13:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son {i.e., the Son of His love}:

We have been delivered from the power of darkness, from Satan’s realm of negatives, and we have been rescued by Jesus Christ, by his life, sacrifice, death, and resurrection. The word “dear” is the Greek word agapee and means love. Jesus Christ is called “the Son of God’s love” because he was and is all love. When Jesus delivered us, he did so out of his own personal love for us. Love was the motivating power behind Jesus Christ’s loving sacrifice, and without his love for us we would not be delivered today. We are now members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19-22) because Jesus lovingly gave himself on our behalf.

Revelation 1:5:
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us {Jesus Christ}, and washed us from our sins in {with} his own blood, It was because of the love Jesus Christ had for us that our sins were washed clean in his own blood upon his cross.

Colossians 1:14:
In whom {Jesus Christ, the Son of God’s love} we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Redemption is a divinely given right that Christians have because of Jesus Christ. We are redeemed from sins and we are now heaven bound, and thankfully, all hell and the powers of darkness cannot prevent us from going.

Galatians 1:4a:
Who {Jesus Christ} gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world. . .

Believers certainly have a lot to be thankful for and because of the love that Jesus Christ had for humanity, we are currently delivered from this present evil world, and our sins have been totally cleansed. Jesus Christ is the epitome of God’s love, and if you are a Christian, then God’s love via His Son is residing in your heart (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:10-11), and he continues showing you not only your deliverance but also his love.

The Grace of Our Lord

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 6:18:
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Heaven’s greatest gifts and holiest spiritual blessings accompanied with divine grace belong only to those who have obtained salvation. Galatians 6:18 is the closing salutation to the Book of Galatians. The first word is “Brethren . . .” and is used because God’s Word is talking to all those who belong to Him, and when they are God’s children, they are His sons and daughters, and members of His family. Every child of God is important to Him (Luke 15:10), and to each other (Ephesians 4:14-16).

Jesus, during the Gospel period was known to his disciples as their “master” (John 13:13) while to Jesus Christ, his disciples were known to him as his “friends” (John 15:13-15). This is still true today, along with another dynamic dimension, and that is that Christ is also our beloved Savior. For as he is a child of God (Mark 1:11) we are also the children of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:15-17a).

The next phrase in Galatians 6:18 is “. . . the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” “Your spirit” here means the inner you, not only what is in your heart but in your emotions and in your feelings and in all that makes you — you. After our salvation and introduction into God’s household, the very next thing that He gives to His children is “grace,” the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, for he was raised from the dead, and because he was resurrected, he has been the foundation of all true Christianity. In Romans 10:9-10, we learned that we must believe and confess that God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead; this is how we obtained our salvation. Then, we have free access to all the grace that came with Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace means unmerited and undeserved favor from the God of all love, and today the wonderful grace of God in Christ is ours to discover in the New Testament Scriptures, and to enjoy in our lives.

The last word in Galatians 6:18 is, “. . . Amen.” This means, “So be it.” In other words, the last word fills up the thought and content of the subject. Thus the grace of our Lord Jesus is permanently and presently with you and in you because you are the brethren of Jesus Christ and the children of God. Amen and so be it.