He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. - (>Ephesians 1:9–10)
When you accepted Jesus Christ as your sin-bearer, you transferred kingdoms. Jesus Christ is then to be preeminent in your life—He is to have first place in all things.
Only as you acknowledge and submit to the lordship of Christ can the power and authority of God’s kingdom be made visible in your life. God explicitly states that it is His intentional purpose to bring all of history under the rule of Jesus Christ (>Ephesians 1:9–10).
Transferring kingdoms can best be illustrated by what happens when a single woman gets married. When she marries, she is transferred from the kingdom of her father to the kingdom of her husband. She is no longer underneath her father’s headship, but rather she is under her husband’s headship.The surest way to have problems in a family is for a married woman to go to her father to overrule her husband in her life choices. When that happens, there is inevitably a conflict of kingdoms.
As a child of God, you have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Problems arise when you start listening to the old head, Satan, who owns and runs the kingdom of darkness. This brings you in direct conflict with the kingdom of God.
Reflection: How did you transfer from Satan’s “kingdom” to God’s? What authority do Satan and his kingdom have over you? Why is it important that Jesus is the Lord of all creation and history?
Lord, I am truly grateful that You have rescued me from the kingdom of darkness and have transferred me into the kingdom of light. Thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ—His death, burial, and resurrection. Thank You that I belong to You. Help me to listen to You and Your wisdom as I make decisions in the light of Your Word.
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