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Family Devotion Week of October 30

Col. 1:21   Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him— 23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.
Monday

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Col. 1:21   Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions

It always does your heart good to remember where you come from. This is a central message of Colossians: don’t forget who you were before Christ. Paul reminds us that we all began as enemies and aliens of the cross. The word alienated implies isolation, loneliness, and a deep sense of not belonging. Oh but God’s purposes rise from mankind’s miserable condition. The deeper and darker our dismay, the more beautiful the saving grace of our Lord. Take a moment today to thank God for the great transfer: taking you an enemy of the cross and delivering you in righteousness as a child of the King of Kings. Thank God you can now live in the comfort of His peace and not as an alien.

Jesus did not die just to give us peace and a purpose in life; He died to save us from the wrath of God. He died to reconcile us to a holy God who was alienated from us because of our sin. –Jerry Bridges

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Tuesday

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Col. 1:21   Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions

Our sin and its consequences are often forgotten concepts in our world and religious lives. No one wants to think about the devastating effects of their behavior. Not many desire to look into the darkness of their own heart. Yet, this is where God’s holy Word meets us; at the intersection of our depravity and wickedness. It is my evil actions that eternally break my relationships with the Father. Yet, and what a glorious yet it is, God’s redemptive plan rises from my sinful miserable condition. While Colossians paints the darkest possibilities for man apart from Christ, it also gives us the highest noblest vision of man known to any religions conception anywhere. I once was an enemy… but… I am offered restoration. Thank God for the great transfer!

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. -- CS Lewis

 

Sinners Jesus will receive;

Sound this word of grace to all

Who the heavenly pathway leave,

All who linger, all who fall.

 

Sing it o’er and over again;

Christ receiveth sinful men;

Make the message clear and plain:

Christ receiveth sinful men.

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Wednesday

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22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—

Paul the writer of Colossians loves to highlight the glorious new status that believers enjoy by contrasting it with our former life of sinfulness and condemnation. Thank God that He takes us who once were enemies and now give us glorious reconciliation. The word reconciliation means to reestablish proper relations, which are disrupted or broken. In some languages, however, reconciliation is often spoken of in idiomatic terms, for example, ‘to cause to become friends again,’ ‘to cause to snap fingers again’ (a symbol of friendly interpersonal relations in many parts of Africa), ‘to cause to be one again,’ or ‘to take away the separation.’ Take time today thank the heavenly Father for a restored relationship in Christ, that He lets us “snap fingers again.” Thank God for the great gracious transfer. I once was, but now am.

 

Redeemed--how I love to proclaim it!

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;

Redeemed through His infinite mercy,

His child, and forever, I am.

 

Redeemed, redeemed,

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;

Redeemed, redeemed,

His child, and forever, I am.

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Thursday

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22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—

But this is not all… Jesus alone presents us as holy, blameless and above reproach. The purpose of God’s reconciling work is that believers might be presented as holy. The word blameless comes from the world of sacrifice. Animals offered to God had to be without blemish. When a man offered an animal in sacrifice, he laid his hand on it in order to identify himself with his offering and to express his aspirations to be himself holy and unblemished. This is the powerful sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He was our perfect, spotless, offering that we might be presented to the Father as blameless, faultless, and holy. Being born of a virgin and becoming man, Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) identified with sinful man effectually laying His hand upon our heads and taking our guilt and wrath. Oh the marvelous great transfer of grace and mercy.

 

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh may I then in Him be found.

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before the throne.

 

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

 

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Friday

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23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.

You once were an enemy, now you have reconciliation, so today continue in the faith!  Our reconciliation to God is permanent and eternal. Because Christ accomplished it for us, there is no possibility it can ever be undone. If we have been reconciled, we are now challenged and bound never to take our new status for granted, nonchalant about our responsibilities, or be fooled into thinking that other avenues to God exist. Know that for the follower of Christ, if you have faith in Him, the Savior has already given you strength to stand firm. May you continue in your faith today, standing firm on gospel truth that the world may see your hope today!

Though we continue, even as believers, to do those things that in themselves deserve God’s displeasure, we can never revert to a state of divine alienation. For the sake of Christ, God will always accept us. – Jerry Bridges

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