Feb. 4, 2021

Was Jesus Christ a Phantom? | Colossians 1:22

Was Jesus Christ a Phantom? | Colossians 1:22

Colossians 1:22 (NIV) 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—

Who was Jesus? The Gnostics at the time of the letter to the Colossians believed that he was a phantom.

Why did they believe this?
Were they right?
What does Paul say?

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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

 The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 1:21 that before we followed Christ, we were once enemies of God and alienated from Him because of our own wicked works. But Jesus left His place in heaven, took on the form of man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and reunited you back to God as Paul states here in verse 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—

 So, Paul says Christ’s physical body through death reconciled us. But why does Paul point out Christ’s physical body? Why didn’t he just say Christ’s body? Apparently, the Gnostics at the time of Paul’s writing denied that Jesus had a physical body. They claimed that he was a phantom. You could look at his body, and you would see him, but it was more of a mirage. They believed the material world was evil. And God doesn’t create evil. Therefore, Jesus could not live in a physical body because the physical world is evil.

 But Paul says Christ came in a physical body and reconciled you back to God so that he could present you holy, without blemish and free from any accusation. 

In other words, this reconciliation was more than just an intimate relationship with the Eternal God. Jesus’ blood on the cross purified you. And if you are a born-again believer, that’s exactly how God sees you right now. Holy, pure and blameless. And it’s because of that, you can now come into the heavenly presence of our Holy God. 

 So, your Simple Truth for today: How do you see yourself? Paul says in Romans 8:1 that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. If you are in Christ Jesus, God looks at you and He sees His Son. In Christ, you are holy, pure, and irreproachable. There is absolutely, positively, nothing whatsoever that you can do to make God love you any more than He already does. Now, it’s your job to believe this, whether you feel it or not, and live like it. 

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