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 1:22
When Adam and Eve sinned, all of humanity broke. The first sin sent humanity into a completely dark course that necessitated reconciliation by grace.
In the chapters to follow the creation account, we see the progression of sin. The consequence of sin is alienation from God and death, present and eternal.
You’ve perhaps heard it said: “the good news is so good because the bad news is so bad.” This is perfectly true when we speak of reconciliation by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. God, in His grace, turned his righteous anger on Jesus Christ on the cross, the Son in whom He was well pleased. He allowed Him to take on the sin and therefore the punishment for all mankind on the cross.
And by this, God reconciled all of humanity to Himself. Reconciliation is up for the taking now because of the work that Christ accomplished on the cross. We are no longer at odds with God. We are no longer alienated, ashamed and unreconciled. Because of the redemptive work of Christ, we are now children of God.
We must not misunderstand grace to mean “no policy”. Not at all. God still hates sin. God continues to desire for us to live holy lives, as He is holy. Before the blood of Christ, we were unable to keep God’s laws, no matter our efforts. The blood of Christ served to purify us and present us to the Father holy and blameless.
The apostle Paul, here in Colossians 1, is sure to note that the reconciliation that Christ achieved serves as the basis by which we can come to God, “holy, faultless and blameless” if we remain grounded in the faith and are not shifted by every philosophy.
While the apotle isn’t saying that our behavior seals our salvation, he is pointing to our newness of mind will lead to a change. We, who are reconciled to God, must hold steadfastly to the truths we know about Christ.
The opposing views and challenging theories are numerous, are they not? It’s everywhere we turn. We are told that we should accept every ideology and every theory that exists. Yet, Scripture is clear that we ought to be selective of what we believe. There is obviously a lot at stake when it comes to what we believe and our adherence to the truths we learn in the Bible.
We, who are saved, are identified by our steadfastness in the faith. When we are walking with Christ, we want to grow in His likeness and His Spirit indwelling us enables us to do so. We cannot be saved, and remain as we were before Christ.
Does this mean we never falter? Not at all. The day is not long enough for me to recount all of the times I have needed to look to the cross in gratitude for a perfect Savior and abundant grace. I mess up. I fall. I make mistakes and sometimes I am just plain sinful and ugly. I get irritated with my husband and impatient with my children. I get distracted by social media when I should be working. I doubt myself and my abilities. The list goes on and on, but I will spare you the gore of my sins. I am sure you can think of your own pitfalls and insufficiency.
The grace that God extends to us is sufficient to see us whole, in spite of our fumbles. And this is only a small part of the beauty of the gospel.