Emanna for 11/07/2020

The Authority of Darkness Including More Than Evil Things

Bible Verses

Col 1:13 Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. 2:20 ...do you subject yourselves to ordinances: (23) Such things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed worship and lowliness and severe treatment of the body, but are not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Words of Ministry

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Darkness is related to death. Where darkness is, there death is also. This darkness is opposed to light, which is related to life. Satan, darkness, and death stand in opposition to God, light, and life. According to 1 Peter 2:9, we have been called out of darkness into God's marvelous light. Darkness is Satan as death, but light is God Himself as life. Years ago, I thought that the authority of darkness referred only to evil things such as gambling, stealing, and fornication. Later I realized that the authority of darkness here includes a great deal more than this. In the book of Colossians the authority of darkness refers not to evil things, but to religious observances (2:16), Gentile ordinances, and Gnostic philosophy. Asceticism denotes the practice of treating the body severely in order to bridle the indulgence of the flesh. This kind of practice is found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Catholicism. Asceticism is of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. Religious observances, asceticism, and philosophies are not evil. Some observances are even based on God's commandments in the Old Testament; for example, the regulations concerning eating. Nevertheless, when Paul says that the Father has delivered us out of the authority of darkness, he means the darkness of these very observances, ordinances, philosophies, and ascetic practices. Therefore, it is crucial that we understand Paul's use of this term in the book of Colossians.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Colossians, pp. 27-28. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/26/1999) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com