“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!”

“The Rescue” (Colossians 1: 13, 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.”

Imagine a man drowning in the ocean. He has no way to rescue himself; he has kicked off his shoes, has tread water for as long as he is able; now, he is sinking. His end is near. Now imagine a rescue; perhaps a helicopter spotting him before he goes under for the last time lowers a boom and a strong arm reaches down into the ocean water and pulls him “from the domain of darkness” to safety. His “release” from his death “is secured;” and not by his own efforts.

God rescues us. He secures our release; He forgives us our sins. Not only this, but He “brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Our salvation is complete; we add nothing to it. The Word of God does not say, “Take two aspirin and call Me in the morning.” The Word of God says, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” The Word of God says, “No one comes to the Father but by Me.”