Colossians 1:21-22 (NIV) 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation
Yesterday, we learned that it pleased God to reconcile us back to Him through Christ’s blood on the cross.
Paul continues with that idea today here in Colossians one verse 21.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Yesterday, we learned that it pleased God to reconcile us back to Him through Christ’s blood on the cross. Paul continues with that idea today here in Colossians one verse 21, as Paul writes, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.”
Now, Paul wrote this letter originally to the believers in Colossae. You may recall that this church was approximately 8-10 years old. It was planted in a region that was seeped in pagan culture and religion. Before their conversion, they would have worshipped idols and practiced sinful behavior. And as a result, Paul says, their wicked actions and beliefs alienated them from God.
At one time, before we gave our lives to Christ, each of us was alienated from God, too. “Alienated” means “estranged,” “cut off,” or “separated.” We were alienated from God, but not only were we alienated, we were enemies to God in our minds, Paul says. Meaning your thoughts were not towards God. Alienation begins in your intellectual mind, and it leads to wicked works. The last thing we were thinking is “What can I do to please God today?” We could’ve cared less what God thought of us. We only cared about ourselves. Our appetite was dominated by our flesh. “What can I do to make myself happy? How can I get my needs met?”
But then Jesus got ahold of you and by His blood shed on the cross you were reconciled back to God. As Paul writes here in the first part of verse 22, “But now he (meaning Christ) has reconciled you.” God gave his absolute best for you while you were still alienated, while you were still an enemy.
It reminds me of the story of a young child asking Jesus how much He loved her. Jesus held out his hands as far out from his body as possible and said I love you this much as His hands were nailed to a cross.
So, your Simple Truth for today: Jesus laid down His life for you while you were still alienated and an enemy of God, so that he could buy you back and bring you into the Family of God.
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