“Our Release Is Secured” (Colossians 1: 13 – 14, NEB) by Carley Evans

“[God] rescues us from the domain of darkness and brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom our release is secured and our sins forgiven.”

Perhaps because I watched a movie — last night — based on a graphic novel in which the characters fight each other and evil people in a life-sized video game, I immediately think of THE DOMAIN OF DARKNESS as that final level in the game. At this last level the BEAST is battled; and I am defeated over and over and over again. Unlike a video game, here in reality the battle is truely the final war between good and evil, and the outcome is known — good wins!

Like the play in the video game, my weapons are not my own; they are provided to me as I proceed from one level to the next, going further in. At the end as I face the BEAST, all that matters is that “[God’s] dear Son” has secured my release and has forgiven my sins. The BEAST is defeated by the blood of Jesus Christ, and I stand there at the final level covered by it. The BEAST doesn’t see me; it sees the Lord. It turns away in defeat, for God has “brought [me] away into the kingdom.”

My final line in the game is: “Hallelujah!”

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