Translated to Our Inheritance
Colossians 1:12-13 “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:”
Translated is a military term. When it suited the purpose of Rome, Rome would move one of those City States from one place to another.
They would take the whole state; people, government, and trades; and move it from one place to another.
Here Paul is saying that we, as Christians, are so translated: brought out of the Kingdom of Darkness, into the Kingdom of His Dear Son.
This is our inheritance, but we must avail ourselves of it, practically, in our everyday lives.
It is done by the Power of God for us; but we must implement it in our lives, practically.
Paul’s commission on the road to Damascus, as he testified of it before king Agrippa, was this:
Acts 26:15-18 “And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest,
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light , and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
Paul’s message was of this Power of God in the lives of those who were saved by faith in Christ Jesus.
“Of the saints in light”. Light is what we are given when born again. Light comes as the dawning light to our souls, which shines more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)
That dawning light comes by the Holy Spirit, which is the earnest of our inheritance:
Ephesians 1:13-14 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
An earnest is the down payment of all that will come in our inheritance.
And again what is our inheritance?
Ephesians 1:17-20 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”
Our inheritance is the power of God in our lives, by the Holy Spirit, through the means of light, wisdom, revelation, knowledge, etc.
Our task, then, if we are to have the Reality of which this sets forth, is to see that we are so translated.
To get everything we have out of the kingdom of Darkness; into Christ’s Kingdom, and under His control.
Anything left in the kingdom of Darkness, will cause an occasion to the Adversary of our souls, to use on us to trick us or tempt us.
And what does everything mean?
It means everything. Our lives are made up of our thoughts, our emotions, and our wills.
These all must be put under the control of Christ, by yielding to the Light from the Holy Spirit.
He works within us to do it:
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
But we are to will with Him in it.
He hath translated us. But now He calls for our willing cooperation with Him to work it out.
Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Our inheritance is the power of God in our lives, to bring us to the place where we have the power of choice. To be enabled to do what we ought.
How many times do we go to do the right thing; but fail to see it done?
How many times do we say, “We won’t do that again.”; but soon, do?
How many times have we gone where we know we shouldn’t?
The power of choice is the real Power of God in my life, to make freedom from sin and darkness a reality.
It is our inheritance; “hath translated” is the reality where God is concerned; and He is faithful.
But on our part, we need to enter into the glorious inheritance, by our wills, willing with the Holy Spirit.
He has the power, He will work within us. Will we let Him, by our willing obedience?