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From Hostile to Holy

 

August 17

 

Read Colossians 1:21-22 (ESV)

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...

 

Reflect

Are there any neutral parties in relation to God?

 

Before you were a believer, would you have considered yourself to be God’s enemy? I think many people would say no. After all, you probably didn’t kill anyone or commit heinous crimes. By the world’s standards, most people are “good” people. They work hard, love their families, and contribute positively to society. They are law-abiding citizens. But are people who don’t follow Jesus simply neutral parties or are they active enemies of Christ?

 

Jesus answered this question for us in Matthew 12:30: “Whoever is not with me is against me…” He is clear that a choice has to be made. We can’t just live our lives and ignore the fact that a line has been drawn in the sand. If we aren’t on Jesus’s side, we are on Satan’s side.

 

In today’s verse, Paul says that before we were reconciled to God through Jesus, we were “alienated and hostile in mind.” Even if we considered ourselves “mostly good,” we were “doing evil deeds.”

 

Everyone has sinned and falls short of God’s standard—perfect holiness (Romans 3:23). The apostle John says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). If we are honest with ourselves, we know that we are guilty before a Holy God. We cannot meet His standard of righteousness. We are sinners.

 

That sin has separated us from God. It makes us His estranged children. Our relationship with Him is broken and needs to be restored. We need to be reconciled to God, our Father. But how?

 

Jesus is our Peacemaker. He restores us to our heavenly Father. In order to reconcile us to God, Jesus put on flesh and became human. He lived a perfectly holy life that we could never live to satisfy God’s standard of holiness. Then, He bore our sins on His own body and died for us on the cross. All so that He could present us “holy, blameless, and above reproach” to God.

 

Friends, if we are not in Christ, we are enemies of God. It is not possible to be on God’s side but reject Jesus. It is Jesus’s death on our behalf that reconciles us to God and nothing else. If we accept Jesus’s sacrifice on our behalf, when God the Father looks at us, He no longer sees our sin. Our sins have been covered by Jesus’ blood. Our blemishes have been perfected. In Christ, we are made holy, we are found to be blameless, and we are above reproach.

 

If you have not accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, I urge you not to wait any longer. You are either with Him or against Him. In Him, you can go from hostile towards God to holy before God. The choice is yours.

 

Pray

Father God, I know that I am a sinner with no way of saving myself. Thank You for making a way to reconcile me to Yourself through Jesus Christ. I know that it is by His blood that my relationship with You is restored. I have chosen to be with You, not against You. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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5 months ago
I shall this program with! I glad that I have accepted Christ as my Savior some Years ago, and this message keep me always to continue to go strong and remember how to grow stronger when get non forgetful not to follow HIM. Amen...Praise The Lord!
5 months ago
Amen. I want to be counted on Jesus' side.
5 months ago
Amen, thank You God for sending our Lord Jesus Christ to save us. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. You are Faithful and are hope.
5 months ago
God, Father in heaven, I also thank you for forgiving me for my sin and washing away my sins by coming to this world as a human, Jesus, and paying the price to redeem me from sin, dying on the cross. Wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities. And the punishment that you took gave me peace, so by your stripes, I am healed! Thank you for showing me mercy and giving me grace. In Jesus' name, amen.
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5 months ago
Because of Your death and resurrection, I am saved with a promise of life eternal in Your presence. So I thank You Lord Jesus for the blood You shed on Calvary that washes away my sins and makes me righteous before Almighty God. This is more than I can ask or deserve.
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