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In our 10:30 am small group class on Sunday mornings, we have been studying the book of Colossians. Last October, when I began preparing Colossians, the first thing that caught my attention was a phrase in Colossians 1:13 – the Son of His love.”. The NKJV renders verse thirteen as “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.”


Other Bible versions translate the phrase differently, saying, “his dear Son; beloved Son; or the Son he loves.” And truly, the Father does love the Son, for He said many times, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”[1] Nevertheless, the wording of NKJV intrigued me—stopped me in my tracks, so to speak—and my mind flooded with questions. “What exactly does “the Son of His love” mean? Is it only that God the Father loves God the Son? Or does it go much deeper?”


I was positive there was more to this seemingly simple phrase, and at that very moment, the Holy Spirit spoke, filling my heart and confirming my thought. He said, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”[2]


You may not think this Scripture answers my questions, but I was blown away. Here’s what the Holy Spirit taught: The Son was the Father’s love. God Almighty, the Living, Three-In-One God who is Spirit, showed—demonstrated—His Love BY the Son coming into our physical realm and taking the punishment for sin that we deserved. You see, while we were still in spiritual darkness—still in our sin and not even knowing it, Father God sent Jesus in a magnificent display of His GREAT LOVE. The Son WAS and IS the Father’s Love toward us.


So, Immanuel—God with us—paid our sin PENALTY with His BLOOD and, in so doing, BROKE the power of darkness—setting captives free—should they choose to BELIEVE.


However, one of the most profound things I learned was about our captivity. When I thought about what Jesus said in Matthew 20:28: “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a RANSOM for many,” I didn’t consider to whom this ransom was paid.


Since Scripture says Satan holds us captive to do his will,[3] I guess I thought the ransom would be paid to him. But the LORD quickly corrected my thinking. He showed me Satan did not make the RANSOM demand. Satan, the evil fallen angel he is, never wanted us released. He desired to hold our souls captive forever to serve and worship him as God.


But if Satan didn’t demand the ransom, who did?


Almighty God did—when He set the DEATH penalty for disobedience or sin.[4]


Either the sinner paid the price for his own sin, OR there had to be an innocent substitute because—DEATH—the shedding of BLOOD—was the only way God’s Law could be satisfied. Well…I knew Adam’s sin infected every descendant, and there were no innocent—sinless—humans, so who could pay our sin penalty?


God Himself came and died in our place.


As I picked up my chin from the floor, the LORD reminded me of Isaiah 53:10: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him…” and Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14-39, especially verse 23. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “Him [Jesus], being delivered BY the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.”


Jesus—Yeshua—came to earth in a human body He created, shed His BLOOD, DIED as our Innocent Substitute, AND paid His own RANSOM demand.

The Son of God’s Lovenailed our sin-debt to the cross, disarmed the principalities that held us captive, delivered us from the power of darkness, AND transferred believers into His kingdom.[5] Wow!


Have a Blessed Memorial Day,



[1] John 3:35; John 5:20; Matthew 3:17

[2] Romans 5:8

[3] II Timothy 2:25-26

[4] Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:21

[5] Colossians 2:13-15; Colossians 1:13


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