Colossians 1:13 (RSV)
13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
Most Christians understand the gospel of salvation as people being saved from their sins through the death of Christ on the cross. They have been taught they have been saved from the wrath of God and any future judgment of sins. However, there is more involved with salvation than this important aspect
Most Christians know what they have been saved from. However many are vague or are in doubt when it comes to what they have been saved.
In Colossians 1:13, Paul explained that believers have been rescued from a sinister domain of a dark realm which rules over this world. Today sin and evil ruthlessly reigns over humanity. This darkness and sin permeates the cultures of the globe via many sources.
Thankfully Christians have been elevated above this domain of the present evil age for they have been brought into a new kingdom, a kingdom where Jesus reigns as Lord and King.
Ephesians 2:4-7 (RSV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus
This transfer from the domain of darkness and sin of this present evil age is not something that will only happen to followers of Christ when they die. These saints have already been rescued (past tense) and been transferred (past tense) into the kingdom of God the moment they accepted Christ.
True this kingdom of God has not yet come into full fruition; it will not ripen until the age to come when Satan and sin will finally be destroyed in the lake of fire. Until then, if Christians will just seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness then the kingdom blessings promised by Christ will be theirs today. The kingdom blessings I speak of are righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. This is what Paul proclaimed in Romans 14:17 and 18.
Romans 14:17 and 18 (KJV)
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Today we are living in what is known as this present evil age where Satan and evil have their way. The good news or gospel of the kingdom is that even though we are surrounded by darkness and evil, the saints have been delivered out of its mighty grip and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. In this it is like God has transcended time and the future becomes a present reality, where the future certainty of the righteous Kingdom of God are present and real now, and may be evidenced by kingdom saints who allow Christ to reign in their hearts and who seek first His kingdom in their lives.
This truth is easily grasped when we understand the gospel of the kingdom. It is good news. The true followers of Christ live in a different realm now! They have been given power and authority over darkness through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
We are Kingdom Citizens now!