Payment not performance.


For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

Dear friends, how often we have heard it was said that our citizenship in the kingdom of light is dependent on our walk with the Lord. It is not. Paul tells us that he has rescued us. It is an event of the past. Paul also tells us that we are rescued. The word “rescued” tells us that there is nothing we can do to be saved. You cannot be rescued if you can save yourself.

Paul tells us that our citizenship in the Kingdom of His Son is independent on how we walk. It is not base on your performance but it is base on the Son’s  payment. Paul tells us you were brought into his kingdom by redemption and not obedience.

The concept of redemption is the New Covenant is an interesting one. It is not the same of that in the old. The word redemption [“apolutrōsis”] used by Paul consists of two words. “Apo” and “Lutrosis”.

While we are familiar with the Old Covenant concept of redemption, which is to “payment to buy something back”, the New Covenant introduces a novel concept of redemption. It brings to mind a convenient based on better promises!

In the Old, the payment that was made was enough for the purpose of one purchase. Often at times, we ask the question “What happens to a believer, when he is redeemed but then ‘sells his soul’ to Satan again?”

Dear friends, if Paul uses the word “Lutron” from “Lutrosis” then it would have meant a payment for a ransom. This means that if a person sells himself to sin, a new ransom would have to be paid. Paul however adds the word “Apo”. This is a very interesting word. It means “separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal” (Strongs)

If you put the two words together, it brings forth the idea of a payment which is so complete that it totally pays for every time you sell out until you are totally separated from your former master.  In order words, the payment is so complete; it covers every time you sell out. Strong’s defined it as “ransom in full”.

The Chinese has a very interesting way to support this, it is found in the Chinese word for “forever”. It is written this way: 永. It is again made out of two words, a single stroke which means “blood” and water “水”. The word water means “cleansing.” When you put the 2 words together, it speaks about the blood that cleanses  you “forever.”

Dear friends, Hebrews 10 tells us that the blood of Jesus does not offer to you cleansing after cleansing like the blood of bulls and goats. It says it takes away your sins once and for all. It simply means the one-time payment is sufficient to totally deliver you from sin and its penalty.

Someone may quote to you that “if you deny Jesus, he will deny you”. Dear friends, if you read that text in its original text, the word “you” is not there. It reads “If you deny Jesus, he will deny”. Translators have grappled with how it is to be translated. The answer is simple. Read the next verse, “if we are faithless, he is faithful, he cannot deny himself.” He cannot deny himself! As such this means when you deny Jesus, he will deny your denial. It is never about your faithfulness.

You see dear friend, you are transported into the Kingdom of His Son because of the payment not because of your performance. It was that payment that brought an end to your citizenship to the Kingdom of darkness. It was the payment that bought your irrevocable citizenship.   That is why Paul said we have the redemption, the forgiveness of sins, when he spoke about the change in our citizenship.

Thought of the day

The death of Jesus is not a payment for your sins, it is an over-payment for your sins.

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