DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: COLOSSIANS 1:21-23
THEME: CHRIST HAS RECONCILED US TO GOD
WORDS OF HOPE:
Many people believe that we are born basically good and that our default position is right standing with God. This, however, is not the teaching of Scripture and as Paul writes to the Colossians. He wants them to know their need for reconciliation as well as the significance of what Jesus has done to make the reconciliation of sinful men to God available.
Paul is writing this letter to people who are now in Christ, they have received the Gospel, but he wants them to have a very clear understanding of who they were before Jesus. He describes their pre-Christ condition in three ways:
• Alienated – Before we are reconciled to God, we are separated or estranged from Him by our sin.
• Hostile in Mind – Before we are reconciled to God, we have minds that are hateful toward Him.
• Doing Evil Deeds – Before we are reconciled to God, our hostility of mind manifests itself in the way we live (Romans 3:10-12).
While we were born as enemies and haters of God, separated from Him, God took the initiative to reconcile our relationship to Him. That reconciliation, however, came at a price. The mending of this broken relationship took a sacrifice, it was made possible only by the broken body of Jesus. In the first part of verse 22, Paul reminds the Colossians of their completed reconciliation.
While reconciliation is complete in Jesus, there is also an on-going process – there is an ultimate goal of our reconciliation that is still being worked out. The goal of our reconciliation is to move us from being people who are marked by evil deeds to being people who are holy and blameless and above reproach.
This is something God does in us, but we are also called to strive for it in our daily lives. Paul is writing to a people who he fears are being tempted to trust other things, besides Christ, for their salvation. And so he wants to make this clear: The only way that you can have the hope of reconciliation is if you have a faith that is certain to the end.
Do you understand the position you were in without Christ? If we do not understand who we were, we will never understand the magnitude of our salvation.
• Pray for those who are alienated from the Lord.
• Pray for those who are continuing in their evil deeds.
• Pray for your family members who do not know the Lord.
Lord, I commit members of my family who do not know you into the hands of the living God. May you cause them to come to the saving grace of our Lord. Amen