“Yet He has now reconciled you.”
Has He done this to you? Are you reconciled?
In Colossians 1:3-8, the writer thanks God for what the gospel has done in others lives.
He thanks God, because it has given them hope and has united their hearts in love.
It is not about the us. It is about God.
For God has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Colossians 1:13
“His son” Jesus, He is preeminent in creation. Jesus is God. And He is that God.
— simplylife (@sim_ply_life) December 4, 2017
He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Master.
He is the one that should be leading us, and He is the one who we should be turning to in every aspect of our lives.
Are you reconciled to this God?
Now one might ask the question: Why? Why is He preeminent? Verse 19 says, “Because all of the fullness of deity dwells in Him.” And it is through Him that God is reconciling all things to Himself.
Verses 21-23 says, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven.”
We are separated from God because of our sins. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:4-10
God tells us that satan, sin and death are not going to survive, because He sent a Redeemer. And He is going to reconcile all things to Himself, by taking our sin and wiping it away. So that we can have fellowship with Him.
You see, He has to take care of the sin. He has to eradicate the sin issue, in order for us to be reconciled. Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”
If He would have said north to south then you would soon come around to them again. Because as soon as you get over the top, then you are going south. But by Him removing them “as far is the east is from the west”, there is no catching up with them. The sins are so thoroughly reconciled that they are gone, they are no more. They are eradicated.
You are foreign to God. You are so far away, but God can change you.
Please don’t catch yourself saying, “This is who I am, I can never change.” No, this is who your flesh is and you are just not yielding to Him. You had an attitude of hatred and enmity. If it does not benefit you, then it is no good to you. *The sinful human being acts like this.*
Not acknowledging God, living for your self. These are evil deeds.
Have you been reconciled to God?
Some of the evidence would be:
I acknowledge God above all, put others above myself, am not hostile toward God or His people, I get a sense of the sinfulness of sin.
How? How has God made a way for us to be reconciled to Himself?
In his fleshly body through death.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Though He existed before, He became something that He was not before. He became human.
We are sinners, the penalty of sin is death. He put himself on the cross and took our sins so that anyone who would come in faith and repentance could be forgiven and reconciled to Him.
Why? Why has He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him?
“In order to present us holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.”
That is: Free from accusation.
Why? But why did He do that? I did not care, I was hostile; I was the enemy of God.
He did it because “He loved us”. He did it so that we could be **presented** before God.
Because of His love and because of His mercy, I stand before Him, today.
He wiped out my record and made me spotless. And He can do the same for you!
Imagine standing before the judge with a clean record, when you know it should not be. That is exactly what this is.
He wiped it so clean with the blood of Jesus Christ and gave me a purely white clean record. A clean record that I cannot write on. When He reconciles you, no one can write on that record again. It is spotless for eternity.
Even if you sin. Even when people accuse you, and even when that accusation is rightly grounded, (because you did sin). He made it so that we only need to repent and turn again from that sin and then move on with that spotless record.
When He reconciles us, He makes that nature inside of us, Different.
Not of one who hardens their heart when He pricks you, but listens and seeks and desires to learn and change.
Now I can have eternal fellowship with Him, because the sin problem is taken away. And I am so thankful!!
Who? Who is it that is reconciled?
Maybe ask yourself, am I that person in vs 21?
Is the cross precious to me? (Not a piece of wood on a hill, but what happened there.) Do I have a holy attitude?
Who? Who is it that is reconciled? “Those who continue.”
If you have been reconciled to God, you will continue. He who began a good work, in you, will perfect it.
Verse 23 says, “If indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven.”
When He reconciles us, He saves us from the eternal punishment of sin (which is hell). And He replaces it with the hope of the eternal joy of heaven with Him.
Now, this “hope” He gives us is not wishful thinking, but true hope, because He is there. It is waiting until it’s realized, because He is coming.
In the end it does not matter what happens to us here, because what is waiting for us, outweighs any glory here.
To be with Jesus is far better.
Has he reconciled you to Himself?
If you are not sure, get on your knees and plead with God. It is not up to you. It is Him who does the work in our lives.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9
Being reconciled to God changes your today and eternity. There is nothing glorious that awaits those who are not reconciled to God.
And, you have to be rooted in Him, in order to face the storms of this life.
Thanks be to God who, because of His great love, has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him!
We all have a destiny, an eternity.