He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son,” (Colossians 1:13, GNB)

I’m struck in this verse by how Paul writes in such a way so as to indicate that the work is finished.  Jesus “rescued us from the power of darkness,” and in so doing he “brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son.”  Past tense.  Done.  Finished.

This is what we mean when we refer to the finished work of Christ.  There is nothing more to do.  We don’t do anything to be rescued from the kingdom of Satan and sin and can’t do anything to be delivered into “the kingdom of his dear Son.”

Jesus finished this work at the cross.  He even told us he finished it.  His last word was: tetelestai, which means “it is finished.”

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