Thanksgiving and Salvation

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.  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 1:9-14

Scripture is filled with thanksgiving for many reasons. One of the primary reasons that a Christian always has something to be thankful for is salvation.

We remember to thank God for His provision or answering prayers or protecting us, but we sometimes neglect the greatest gift of all and that which we have most cause to be thankful for. Just in these verses alone we have a number of remarkable things to be thankful for that salvation has done for us.

We have been:

  • Qualified
  • Adopted
  • Rescued
  • Redeemed
  • Forgiven

Throughout the chapter Paul describes more of the blessing we have as a result of our salvation.

We are:

  • Reconciled
  • At Peace
  • Holy in His sight,
  • Without blemish
  • Free from accusation

Paul caps it off in verses 26-27,

“…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

We talk about having Christ, being in Christ, and Christ in us often in the church and it is easy to lose sight of what an incredible thought, what a divine mystery that was and still is today. Look at how Paul describes the supremacy of Christ before he makes the statement that Christ is in us.

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” – Colossians 1:15-18

The same Christ that created the world and has supremacy over all things is “in us”. This remarkable truth may seem mundane to us because we have grown up with it or heard it many times, but it should cause us to stop in wonder and thanksgiving.

For Paul’s entire life–up until Jesus came–he had to go to the temple in Jerusalem and offer sacrifices to come into the presence of God and once a year only the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies in the temple. Now he had direct access to God anytime and anywhere through Christ. Not only access, but all of the blessings of being made righteous and justified before God by the perfect sacrifice of Christ.

Paul clearly saw how much he had to thank God for through salvation. We should as well.

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