[QTVOTD] Just because I am reconciled doesn’t mean I’m perfect.

“…although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.” Colossians 1:21-22 ->me: There are 2 awesome points in these 2 verses for me today -> 1) Paul does not talk about any works or ritual we must complete or achieve in order to receive this reconciliation to the Father. So we cannot do anything to EARN the reconciliation; however -> 2) The hostile attitude of mind and hostile activities (which are best portrayed in Romans 1:21-32) follow a sequence…Wrong thinking leads to vice, vice to further mental corruption, so that the mind, still not totally ignorant of God’s standards, finds itself applauding evil. Verse 22 here does not say that God’s action in Christ, and my acceptance of the gospel, have automatically and instantly made me perfect. Having been given a new life, I must behave in accordance with it. This I can do only because of the reconciliation (between myself and the Creator God, the God of Israel) which was achieved on the cross.

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