Colossians 1:13-14: Salvation Snapshot
Colossians 1:13-14: 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. 
As Paul brings his prayer to a close, he focuses on Christ’s redemptive work. Notice that what God’s people are saved from is darkness.  The darkness here is in us, in the world, and from Satan.  This darkness leaves God eternally displeased apart from Jesus’ saving intervention through the Holy Spirit. 
In these verses, Paul communicates our deepest need: having our sin removed—and sin is only removed by Christ.  If you are not in Christ, you are in displeasing darkness. If you face the fact that you are a sinner who needs Jesus, you will be redeemed when you confess and accept Him as your only Savior.  If you are in Christ, what are the ways you live like you are still in darkness? Which of Christ’s commandments do you struggle to keep?  How are you loving your family in Christ?  Are you learning your Christian beliefs so that you can live and share them?  Rest in knowing that God continues working in us,  that we are accepted because of Jesus, and that He empowers our kingdom work. 
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (Wheaton, IL: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Logos Bible Software 6. All Scripture references will be ESV unless noted otherwise.
 John Calvin. Commentary on the Epistle to the Colossians. Trans. William Pringle. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Co., 1981), 147.
 Matthew 3:2-17; John 1:1-5, 3:16; Acts 26:18; Romans 3:9-24; Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:1-10; 1 John 2:1-14, 3:4-10.
 Calvin, Colossians, 147-148.
 Mark 1:15; John 3:16, 14:6; Romans 6:20, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 John 3.
 Matthew 10:32-34; Romans 10:9-10.
 Matthew 5-7; John 15:10; 1 John 2:1-6.
 1 John 3:14-24.
 Acts 20:25, 20:28, 1 Thessalonians 2:12.
 Philippians 1:6.
 Calvin, Colossians, 148.