Thursday, August 9, 2012

Worthiness Is Found in the Beloved

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:13-14)

By domain of darkness he referred to the influence of the devil, and he called Christ the Lord beloved Son to emphasize that he is loved not as creature and slave but as Son.  He is not in fact Son of love but beloved Son, that is, legitimate, like the name given also to Isaac, "Take your beloved son," meaning legitimate, esteemed by you above the others.  In short, having freed us from darkness, he judged us worthy of the kingdom of the Son.

Theodoret of Cyrus, "The Letter to the Colossians" on Colossians 1:13-14

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