THIS PRESENT WORLD HAS TWO KINGDOMS
The apostle Paul wrote:
"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who **hath** delivered us from the power of darkness, and **hath** TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON: " * Col 1:12-13 (KJV)
This present world has two kingdoms. The people who obey Jesus are in His kingdom.The rest are still in bondage to
sin and are servants of Satan.
As He was teaching the "Sermon on the Mount", Jesus warned His disciples that even though someone may say
"Jesus is Lord" and manifests a "spiritual gift", these things are not proof of Salvation. Rather, it is only the one who
does the will of God who will enter the Kingdom of God.
"Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who DOES THE WILL of My Father who is in heaven.
On that day [judgement day] many will say to Me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?"
And I will declare to them, "I never KNEW you depart from Me you EVILDOERS." Matthew 7:21 RSV
Who are the "EVILDOERS"? This word comes from the Greek "Anomian," which means illegality or violation of the
law and generally wickedness. The apostle John used the same word "Anomia" to give us a clear definition of what
true "sin" is. He said:
"...sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4 KJV Anomia
Therefore, a literal translation of what Jesus is going to declare to the EVILDOERS who say "Lord, Lord," is this:
"I never KNEW you, depart from Me you that transgress the law." Anomian (Evildoers)
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"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:"
[Delivered us from the power of darkness] Darkness is here personified, and is represented as having exousia
(grk 1849), power, authority, and sway; all Jews and Gentiles, which had not embraced the Gospel, being under
this authority and power. And the apostle intimates here that nothing less than the power of God can redeem a man
from this darkness, or prince of darkness, who, by means of sin and unbelief, keeps men in ignorance, vice, and misery.
[Translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son;] He has thoroughly changed our state, brought us out of the
dark region of vice and impiety, **and placed us in the kingdom under the government of his dear Son,** Huiou
(grk 5207) tees (grk 3588) agapees (grk 26) autou (grk 846), the Son of his love; the person whom, in his infinite
love, he has given to make an atonement for the sin of the world. (from Adam Clarke Commentary)
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST." Rev 12:17 (KJV)