Your Invitation to the Kingdom of Light
“…for his purpose is that all men should be saved and come to realise the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:4 (Phillips)
The gospel is our invitation from God to live on an altogether different plane. It is the good news of a future inheritance to be bestowed in full when Christ returns. But it is also an invitation to an invigorating spiritual reality that can be ours right here and now!
Paul declares this aspect of the gospel message, saying, “…giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14 NIV). This precious invitation from the Father has gone out to every generation, it is an offer of reconciliation, forgiveness and love to all who will come to him and accept the amazing sacrifice of his beloved Son Jesus.
Reconciliation and forgiveness are offered and not just for the future but the here and now! The Apostle Paul taught that those events which took place in far off Judea have given hope to all men and women. In Romans 1:16-17 (italics mine) he says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel. I see it as the very power of God working for the salvation of everyone who believes it, both Jew and Greek. I see in it God’s plan for making men right in his sight, a process begun and continued by their faith. For, as the scripture says: ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Paul tells the Colossians, “As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:22 NLT). ‘Without a single fault!’ Can we really hope for that? Deep down inside, so many feel: “It is too late for me. Perhaps other people can repent and believe the gospel, accepting the promise of forgiveness and divine amnesty, but not me. I’ve slipped so far, I’ve sinned too much, not me, I’m just not worthy.”
Consider this: the Apostle Paul makes this confession in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (italics mine), “This statement is completely reliable and should be universally accepted:—‘Christ Jesus entered the world to rescue sinners.’ I realise that I was the worst of them all, and that because of this very fact God was particularly merciful to me. It was a demonstration of the extent of Christ’s patience towards the worst of men to serve as an example to all who in the future should trust him for eternal life.”
Isn’t that so very encouraging for every one of us today?
Thanking you Father, that all men are acceptable to you through the sacrifice of your beloved Son, no matter what their sins are.
Study by Cliff Neill
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
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