Giving Thanks Unto The Father

Bill Hitchcock March 13, 2015 0
Giving Thanks Unto The Father

God’s perfect plan of salvation! From a few brief verses of the first chapter of the Book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul describes beautifully exactly what our salvation is and how we get it. All Christians must fully grasp a hold of what Paul is communicating here about God and Jesus Christ. This is one of our foundational building blocks to the Christian religion.

Colossians 1:12-15

12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Giving thanks or from the Greek, “eucharisteo” where we get the word “Eucharist”. It means not only to offer gratitude but to feel and be grateful. The evangelist is expressing the heartfelt and mind realizing “thanks” to God the Father who is the only reason why we are “meet” or rendered fit. At its most basic level this concept must be understood. It is only through Christ and unto God are we made meet or acceptable. It is not dependent upon our works or deeds, intentions or thoughts, efforts or anything. It is because of God’s love that He offers His mercy through the grace of Jesus Christ that we have an opportunity of salvation by Jesus Christ at the Christ. There is no other way.

“Saints of light”, What a term! It literally means a holy being that emits light. When we are made meet and complete through Christ we become permanently transfigured into Him. We become Holy, sanctified and separated into the kingdom of God here on earth and reserved for His kingdom afterwards. But we are also spirit filled, Holy Ghost saved which means we have Christ and His spirit within and when we do that means we have Christ and His spirit that radiates without. We “shine” forward into the world and unto to others. It cannot be helped or stopped.

13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Again, it is God through Jesus Christ that has delivered or rescued us, not ourselves. Please, this is one of the basic tenets of our faith and must be grabbed ahold of as a building block of our faith if we are to move forward in Him. It is of God and through Christ and not of ourself.

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:5)

14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

We have redemption! This is the deliverance of all mankind who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This redemption comes through the cross and resurrection of Christ. No amount of offerings, intent or deeds can replace the price paid at the cross and resurrection. Your religion cannot save you. Your Church cannot save you. Your Pastor cannot save you. No angel can save you nor Allah or Buddha or any other false god or prophet. Only Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior can save you!

Jesus took on the sin of man. He lived perfectly but was in all, “points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Through His blood, loss of life and restitution through resuurection are we saved and our sins forgiven. What this means is that through Jesus Christ we are released from the hold of sin. No longer does darkness control our lives. Our goal and purpose is God and righteousness and not self fulfillment and unrighteousness.

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:20).

Now stop and think about that. We are either living to please God or livingto please our self. Righteousness is a giving, sin and unrighteousness are a taking. To live without sin is to love God with all of our heart, mind, body and soul and to love our neighbor as our self. The latter is useless without the former. You cannot act righteously towards others without first being righteous with God.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1:21-22).

15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Jesus Christ is the brightness of Gods’ glory, and the express image of His person. He is God made manifest. We have God within via the Holy Ghost which is made manifest in how we live, breathe, think and act. God becomes manifest through our lives. He is on display in His Church. He is our love and righteousness in motion towards others

Now is this redemption everlasting? Is our salvation forever?

“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister” (Colossians 1:23).

If we continue in the love of Christ first which then generates the hope and faith in Him then everything will be fine. For He “that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:27-28).

We have been called to his purpose. God called and some, not all have responded. But what is this purpose of His? His purpose of the call is to set into plain view His perfect plan of salvation; of quickening our heart to him and to open our eyes to the way, the truth and the life.  This is our inheritance and our light.

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Bill Hitchcock

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