13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
1. I noticed a shift from Paul addressing them as a church, "you", to speaking inclusively as a part of a whole, by saying "us".
2. Our KING has rescued us- how precious are we that the mighty King stopped everything just to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness.
3. The Amplified version of this says that He has "drawn us to Himself", I imagine the Father drawing us close, like we would to our children.
4. The Amplified version also says that we're drawn, out of the CONTROL and DOMINION of darkness, showing and proving that the darkness enslaves us, but the light sets us free.
1. His Son purchased our freedom- "redemption through His blood". This echos John 8:36, Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
2. "Purchase" and "transfer" are both used in these verses, implying an act of commerce, (contract, agreement, bargaining, and purchase). I looked further into the word commerce, which states that it is an act of trade in order to increase one's value. Thus, by substituting, or paying the debt for our freedom with the blood of Christ, God was showing that His kingdom was gaining in VALUE by gaining us. We bring value to Him because of His love for us, much like spending time with a loved one is valuable to us, and worth trading other things that we love for (sacrifice).