“who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love;”
God our Father in heaven has delivered us. He has rescued us from the powers of darkness and given us light.
The word “translated” in this verse of the Scripture means to take from one place and put in another. We are taken out of the kingdom of darkness and put into the kingdom of light. It is a work of God and no one else could do such a thing, certainly not ourselves! It is a translation from one kingdom, of darkness, to the other kingdom, of light. It is a complete change of position and situation and location. We go from lostness to being found. We turn from evil to embrace the righteous. We are destined for heaven and not for hell.
We are delivered from our natural, sinful, state of being, because we are trapped and cannot save ourselves. The bonds of death have taken hold of us and we cannot get free. We are doomed to die the second death and we need a Saviour to free us from our bondage. Only Jesus can do this and only the complete Godhead has power and inclination to do it. We are set free by the merit of Christ and the will of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Darkness has no more hold over the Christian because of what God has done for us. We become children of the light and become members of the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, indeed, members of His body. More, we are daughters and sons of the kingdom and heirs with Christ as His redeemed people. What we have been saved from is dire and what we are saved to is glorious in the extreme!
“… seeing it is God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6
Jesus the Saviour, is the “Son of his love.” The Father has entered into a covenant with the Son to buy us back and to set us free. The father loves the Son, for they have always been together and always will be. The Son is precious to the Father and it required all the love of God towards ignoble us to set in motion redemptions plan. The father gave up His one and only Son to death, to be able to forgive us and make us righteous. This was the cost of Him dying for us, and our only appropriate response is gratitude. This is why Christians love Jesus so much. This is why the Father loves the Son, for He is the beautiful One, the one who sacrificed Himself for the sake of His people, that we will be with Him forever in the eternal kingdom.
Beloved, let us never forget who we once were and who we are now. We are the gift of God to the Son, as the people of His kingdom. We are the bride that awaits for the Bridegroom and will enjoy the wedding supper of the Lamb, in the place prepared for us.
“For you have delivered my soul from death, and prevented my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.”