Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We have the right

     As I mentioned last time, this semester I'm attending a Bible study on the book of Colossians. And this week there was a verse that really stood out to me. It was Colossians 1:12, "Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;" The implications of the words, qualified and share of the allotted portion really impressed me.

     Firstly, God the Father has qualified us! Nothing we did or could do ourselves would ever qualify us for what God has purposed for us. And what has the Father qualified us for? A share of the allotted portion, which is the all-inclusive Christ! We have been qualified to enjoy Christ as our portion!

the land is so good :)

    This reminded me of another verse I heard recently, "Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life..." (Rev. 22:14). This reminded me of this matter of being qualified for the portion of enjoying Christ because the way the Father qualified us was by redeeming us with His blood on the cross. And because of this accomplishment, we are able to apply His blood today for the forgiveness of our sins. And when we come to Him to "wash our robes," we have the right to the tree of life. And the tree of life, like the allotted portion, signifies enjoying Christ! So here again we see that we have the right to enjoy Christ!