Friday, February 26, 2016 Thy Kingdom Come
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
Delivered…transferred. The past tense points us back to baptism, which incorporated us into Christ’s saving work. “Human nature has been delivered into slavery and is held captive by the devil,” (Apology II 47) The New Testament often uses light/darkness for the contrast between God/Satan. Salvation/sin. God’s power to save from the dark ness of sin applies for all people. Jesus taught that God’s kingdom wass the rule of His grave, which began with His ministry. This beginning of God’s kingdom is the forgiveness of sin.
For what do we pray in the Second Petition? We do not pray that God’s kingdom of power would come; because that is already present everywhere.
Grant, O Lord, that as your Son Jesus Christ prayed for His enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.