Reconciliation-Colosians 1:21-23

Colossians 1:21-23 “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— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”

Colossesi 1:21-23 “Anche voi, che un tempo eravate estranei e nemici a causa dei vostri pensieri e delle vostre opere malvagie, 22 ora egli vi ha riconciliati nel corpo della sua carne, per mezzo della sua morte, per farvi comparire davanti a sé santi, senza difetto e irreprensibili, 23 se appunto perseverate nella fede, fondati e saldi e senza lasciarvi smuovere dalla speranza del vangelo che avete ascoltato, il quale è stato predicato a ogni creatura sotto il cielo e di cui io, Paolo, sono diventato servitore.”


     Paul is teaching us what reconciliation to God really is. Why do we need to be reconciled to God? Paul says because we were “alienated” (literally cut off) from God. For the Colossians and all believers, our minds and our behavior testified that we were alienated from God. Our alienation from God begins in the mind and manifests in our behavior. In Romans 8:7, Paul repeats similarly, “the sinful mind is hostile to God.” People commit outward sinful acts because inwardly they are hostile toward God.

     Paul then proceeds to tell us that our reconciliation was paid for by Christ’s physical body. Why mention the idea of Christ’s physical body as part of the reconciliation theme? It was because there were groups within the Colossian church who denied the humanity and deity of Christ; they felt that Jesus was more of a spirit. The Scriptures could not be any clearer against this heresy. Spirits can’t die and “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). In order to reconcile us to God, Jesus had to be fully human as well as divine. Hebrews 2:17 testifies to this truth: “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”

    Paul continues this theme with the other side of the coin: the responsibility comes in the big word “if”. Our reconciliation remains secure as we continue in the basic principles of being faithful, established and unshaken in our faith. It goes back to our mind. We determine with our mind how we will think and what we will do. Paul then reminds us that the reconciliation miracle gift from God works everywhere it has been preached.

Pray with me: Lord, the physical act of reconciling man to God was designed to restore the mind and heart back to You. Help me to remember the responsibility of “if” as it applies to the commitment of my faith.

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