Read: Colossians 1:12-22
A robbery was going on in a house when the homeowner surprised the nine robbers. Seven of the robbers ran away, but the homeowner managed to push two into his backyard pool. After realising that one of the robbers couldn’t swim, the homeowner jumped in to save him. The local newspaper reported that once out of the pool, the wet thief called to his friends to come back. Then he pulled a knife and threatened the man who had just rescued him. The homeowner said, “We were still standing near the pool, and when I saw the knife I just threw him back in. But he was gasping for air and was drowning. So I rescued him again.”
In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul wrote of another rescue: God the Father had saved them from the domain of darkness. This rescue occurred at the death of Christ, but also at the Colossians’ conversion. The imagery Paul used (Col. 1:12-13) suggests that believers have been rescued from the dark reign of Satan by being transferred as free people into the peaceful rule of Christ. By Jesus’ death, believers become free citizens in the kingdom of light.
The appropriate response to such amazing grace is to show joyful gratitude by offering God acceptable service with reverence, love, and awe. Heb. 12:28 says, “Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Through the cross, Jesus rescued and redeemed the rebellious. The purpose of God saving us from sin and eternal damnation is that we may serve Him.