We looked yesterday at the larger text, but we want to stop and focus in on these two verses. We heard these same tones echoed through John’s letter, and now as we read Paul’s, we can’t help but feel again that the early Apostles felt their greatest allegiance to the “Kingdom” of God. In this passage, Paul uses the same imagery to show that we are no longer citizens of this world, we are no longer those walking in darkness (1 John 1), but we have been “delivered” from this life, its priorities, its focus, and its end game, and we have been “transferred into the kingdom of God”.
What does this mean for me? What does my life look like as a member of the “kingdom”? Paul will talk more about this later, but for now, we’re being given a very clear truth that those of us who have asked Jesus to be our Savior and have begun following Him have been given a greater priority than the here and now. We’ve been given a greater allegiance than this current state. Our greatest identity is not American, Republican, Democratic, pro-choice, pro-life, Pepsi drinker, Coke drinker, cat person, dog person, but instead I am not defined and led by my place in HIS kingdom.
What things tend to lead and guide your life? Would you be able to say that your focus is on His kingdom being great or your kingdom being great? His kingdom has offered us so must more, “redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”