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— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move 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.
Wow, what encouraging words are written down for us here in these few verses. Once we were alienated – completely foreign to God, and God foreign to us. Even worse, we were enemies – completely opposed to God, not wanting a bar of Him.
And yet, because of His great initiative, we have been reconciled, and that reconciliation means nothing less than being fast tracked into his presence – holy, without blemish, without God accusing or condemning us. These are verses that inspire me first to wonder, to worship, and to pure awe…God would do that for us. Alien to him…enemies of Him…and now holy in his sight…wow!
The challenge, and the application for me, comes in verse 23. This incredible truth – of our position in the presence of God, right before him in, because of the reconciliation of Christ – is ours IF we continue “in” the faith. That is, live every day in light of verse 21-22. Live everyday remembering what immense privileges you are under. Live everyday aware that you are under the loving watchful eyes of God, without blemish, and free from accusation. This is the gospel – the central meditation of the Christian heart, that motivates our living, breathing, worshipping selves.
God, help me live with verse 21-22 as the lens through which I view today, next week, indeed, all of my life. In view of your great mercy God, my life is yours to lead, work through, and transform as you wish. Amen
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh