Giving of Thanks

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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 (Colossians 1:12-13).

In contrast to many today, Paul did not give thanks for things such as healing, health, housing, family life, or a job. Rather, he gave thanks to the Father for qualifying us “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” The book of Colossians concerns Christ, the Head of the Body. Hence, the portion of the saints here is the all-inclusive Christ for their enjoyment. The Father has qualified us not to inherit some heavenly mansion, but to have a share in Christ as the all- inclusive portion of the saints. We can boldly declare that Christ is our all-inclusive portion.

The Greek word rendered “inheritance” in this verse corresponds to the Hebrew word used for the “allotment” of the good land. After the children of Israel had entered into the land of Canaan, each of the tribes was given an allotment of the land. Of course, our portion, our allotment, today is not a physical land in Palestine; it is the all-inclusive Christ. How we must thank the Father for giving us Christ as our divine allotment!

Each of the tribes had an allotment of the good land, and the members of each tribe had a share of this allotment. In the same principle, we have a share of the portion of the saints.

Witness Lee (1905-1997)
Life-study of Colossians, pages 23-24
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