Col 1: 13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred (physically relocated) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Colossians 1:13 uses the aorist tense for the verbs, “delivered” and “transferred.”
The Greek aorist is called the photographic or punctiliar tense.
It defines a past event, not in the context of what it means, but in its occurrence.
The event is labeled simply as a photograph or a punctuation mark on history’s time line.
Hence the terms, photographic or punctiliar.
So for those in Christ, we have once and for all being rescued from darkness’s jurisdiction and have been physically relocated, transported and re assigned to God’s kingdom.
So why do we still struggle so much with the dominion of darkness?
In my life, the reasons are varied.
All of them have to do with the devil’s tactics.
For one, I believe that my ancestors were into Santeria or witchcraft.
Generational sins or demons are a complex issue.
I know little about it.
Suffice it to say, that stuff coming down my family line, have clobbered me.
I’ve had to spend time in prayer to break them all.
Secondly, is the issue of the demonic strongman.
I’m convinced that every person and every Christian has an assigned strong man demon which afflicts them.
Though we have been relocated to the kingdom of God, the schemes of the strong man do not automatically break.
For observed freedom to come, one must identify his or her particular strong man and figure out his lies.
This is can be an extended but crucial process.
But what I submit to you today is the “prison of the wide opened door.”
Relocation from the devil’s jurisdiction to God’s kingdom is the conclusion of your prison sentence and subsequent release back into society.
But for many, I included, we continue to sit in the cell, with the door in front of us, wide opened
How can this be?
The trickiest obstacle to freedom is the prison created by our imaginations, and the knowledge which exalts itself over God’s, of who we were before Christ, and who we are now in Him.
It has taken me months of prayer to work through the entangled thoughts that have kept me in the prison of the wide opened door.
I don’t have an answer for your journey.
But, I will tell you why solving your dilemma is so vital and yet so darn difficult.
It’s the toughest thing you will ever do.
Rom 3:27 Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. Through what law? Of works? No, but through the law of faith.
Faith is a law.
A law is defined that under specific circumstances, specific results always take place.
Faith works with positive and negative circumstances. It’s a law!
If you believe that you are in prison, and don’t realize that the door is opened, and that you are free, you will remain in it.
What is worse is this!
The devil has been defeated. But as the father of lies, he feeds on lies, just like a tick feeds on blood.
The biggest lie, which he has propagated on humanity, is to make it believe that he does not exist.
If you faith is that you are still in prison when you are not, you will remain in it, because of the law of faith. You have believed the lie.
And the old devil will indulge the errors of your way, by endlessly attacking you just like if you were still in bondage.
If you are not experiencing at the beginnings of resurrection life, I counsel you to dedicate serious time to finding out why you still sit in your cell of the wide open door.