Colossians 1:13 – The Present Kingdom

By Wayne Jackson

Those who subscribe to the theory of dispensational premillennialism contend that Jesus came to this earth twenty centuries ago with the express purpose of establishing His kingdom. But because he was surprisingly rejected by the Jews, He postponed the kingdom plan, and, in the place of the kingdom, He set up the church. There is, of course, no support in the Scriptures for this notion.

In the book of Colossians, Paul affirms that he and the brethren whom he addresses had been “translated” (note the past tense form of the verb) out of the power of darkness “into the kingdom of the Son of his love” (1:13), i.e., the kingdom of Christ. From the apostle’s vantage point, the kingdom was not a future (millennial) promise, but rather a present reality.

Compare with this John’s declaration that he was a “partaker” in the kingdom with the Christians of Asia Minor (Rev. 1:9). Underline “translated” in Colossians 1:13, and marginally note: Past tense; they were in the kingdom. Then, draw an arrow from kingdom to your margin and note: See Revelation 1:6, 9.

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About the Author

Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.