A Fictional Narrative
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14).
There once were two kingdoms that could not have been more different. Although they were located next to each other, they were in opposition to each other in every way. The larger kingdom which was ruled by a malevolent ruler had many subjects. The other kingdom had fewer subjects and was ruled by a benevolent ruler.
The kingdom ruled by an evil ruler seemed to prosper, but only because those in the kingdom did not realize the totality of evil they lived under and were controlled by. The evil ruler hated those that lived under his power and ruled with an iron fist destroying the lives of all those in the kingdom. The amazing thing about this situation was that the people under him did not seem to want to escape all the evil that surrounded them or the evil ruler who controlled their lives.
The great king that ruled over the smaller kingdom watched over his kingdom and people for their good. His love for his people showed through in all that he did. Those living under his rule loved him and knew that he cared for them and watched over them. All of those that lived under this great king had once lived in the kingdom ruled by the evil ruler.
Those living in the evil kingdom were prisoners, though unaware of their captivity. You might say they were like homegrown slaves; those that were born into slavery and never knew any other way and never knew what real freedom was.
The people living in the smaller kingdom knew of the terrible conditions that those in the other kingdom lived under. Their king was more powerful than the evil king so they could go to those in the evil kingdom and tell them of all the good they were missing. The evil king would try to stop them, but they were protected by their king. Those that they spoke to in the evil kingdom had a choice. They could leave and come into the kingdom with the great king, or they could stay. The evil king could not stop them if they chose to leave.
Incredibly, although many were rescued from the evil kingdom, most chose to stay. Not only that, but they refused to listen to the good news brought to them by those under the benevolent king. Some even tried to do them harm. All of this was quite mystifying to those that saw the bondage that these people lived under. The only possible answer to their refusal to leave was that they were happy in the evil they lived with and did not want to give it up.
Those living under the evil ruler knew that things were not right in their lives and the evil kingdom. They were free to leave at any time; all they had to do was to admit they were going the wrong way and living lives that were beneath what the good king and kingdom had offered to each of them.
The day came when the evil of the larger kingdom and its ruler caught up with it. The good king, who had sent many of his subjects to warn and rescue all those that would listen, brought judgment on the evil king and his kingdom.
The Bible tells us that there is a “narrow way” to enter the kingdom of God. Sadly, few find it; as the following verse tells us:
“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and wide is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be that go thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few that be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).
Today is the day of salvation. Will you come to the Lord by the narrow way? That “way” is for you to come in repentance and faith in the life He offers us through His great sacrifice on the cross. We are promised only today. Satan, the evil ruler, was defeated at Calvary. As the above verse states, “wide is the way that leads to destruction.” Joshua said it best regarding the choice we have today:
“….Choose you this day who you will serve…..as for me and my house; we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
See The A,B,C’s of Salvation https://wordpress.com/page/tqministries.com/5448
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