A Whole New World
‘Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.’ (KJV)
Some believers spend their entire lives trying to ‘escape’; escaping from sin, the systems of this world (do good, get good and foreboding mentalities), from poverty, from ‘bad luck’, and from a whole host of different things. They erroneously believe that; 1) they need to escape, and 2) something out there can help them. Number 2 is sadly often hijacked by Christian ministers who then, mostly out of genuine intent, create a religion out of a relationship, and give people steps, formulas, or practical advice based on self-effort. This is all because somewhere along the line we believed we needed to ‘escape’…
The thinking that one needs to escape derives from the belief of lack; the belief of lack erroneously states that you haven’t got what it takes, that you aren’t blessed, are distant and separate from God, and need to attain in order to enjoy. The Spirit, though, is leading us to understand that we have escaped the ‘dominion of darkness’ and that we have arrived, in fact are enthroned, in the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy! You see, you have being baptized into the Kingdom. You are a new creation (see 2 Cor. 5:17), and you are FREE, you have escaped! YOU have escaped! Because of what Jesus has accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection, you are in a whole new world! Your escape has happened via the Finished Word of Jesus; you have been ‘rescued’, or ‘translated’ as Colossians 1:13 states; “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (KJV). You have been set free, rescued, translated and delivered out of the dominion of darkness and the present evil age with all of its effects and consequences.
So, instead of trying to escape, and rather than trying to be set-free from sin, and in place of aiming to be safe from ‘bad luck’, why not enjoy and give thanks! You are free, you are in the Kingdom, you have Jesus’ own righteousness, you have his incomparable favor. And you have ‘escaped’! You are enthroned with him!