For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in Heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 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–Colossians 1:19-22 NIV
The story of the Bible starting in Genesis is that man was created to be with God. Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden in the cool of the evening. What fellowship, what perfection. Then sin entered, disrupting that bliss. And boom! Separation, alienation, sin, finger pointing, blame, toil and pain. Genesis 3:15 contains a promise that one day someone from Eve’s seed would come and crush Satan’s head. It’s been a long time in waiting…
The best news in all the world is that our alienation from God is ended and we are reconciled to the King and the Judge of all of the universe and of all time. God sent His Son, His only begotten Son Jesus, the One who would contain all of the fullness of Him in bodily form to come and be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. In dying on the cross, shedding His blood, Jesus made peace. The result: God is no longer against us, but for us. His wrath is satisfied. How can it be?
For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things. That is what gave Jesus the authority to reconcile everything to Himself when He died on the cross. When He shed His blood on the cross, He brought peace to everything and to everyone that was totally alienated from God.
When sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden, it alienated humanity from God, nature from God, humanity from each other, and humanity from ourselves. That’s why we need counseling. We can’t even get along with ourselves. Romans 8:19 says that even creation is awaiting its redemption. It was thrown off by sin too. Jesus came to bring reconciliation to all parties by shedding His blood on the cross.
Once we were alienated from God and were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior. That’s why people can’t stand Christians, can’t stand church, and can’t stand the name of Jesus. It is really because they are enemies of God because of their sin. They don’t know that. John 3:19-20 tells us that men (and women) love the darkness because their deeds are evil. That causes them to hate the light.
Some people can’t stand the idea of the Biblical God, so they just make up their own God. They imagine God to be the way they would like Him to be, which is heavy on loving and very light on judging, except for the people that they don’t like.
But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death. Reconciliation involves a change in the relationship between God and man. There has been a change from a state of enmity and fragmentation to one of peace and fellowship. 2 Corinthians 5:18 says that God reconciled us to Himself through Christ. And now the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It is all because of the blood of Jesus.
Now we are found to be holy in God’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation. In a jail Bible study, a woman said, “I am nothing but an old junkie.” I said with a fiery determination, “You are not!” She said, “That’s what I feel like. That’s how people treat me.” She has called out to Jesus to save her. She is earnestly attempting to leave her life of drugs behind her, but still has relapses.
I took her and the other women to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor adulterers..nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
We were all washed, sanctified and justified by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit of our God. We are not old junkies, we are not just ‘sinners saved by grace,’ or anything else that would minimize this reconciled, changed and empowered position. We are washed and clean, friends of God, ready for action!
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