“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”
- Keep in mind the Gnostics who were teaching this church about matter being evil and a plurality of emanations coming God. “Paul, in contrast, declares that Christ is not just one of many divine beings. He is the one Mediator between God and the world, and all, not part, of the attributes and activities of God are centered on Him.”
- When Paul said all the fullness of God “lives” in Christ, he uses the word katoikesai, “a verb that suggests permanent residence as opposed to temporary sojourn.”
- Next, the great truth of reconciliation are affirmed by Paul. Lean in close spiritually because this has great impact on your identity. If you are a Christ follower, these verses should constantly remind you of who you really are through the blood of Christ. This includes – us – who were once far away from God because of our evil thoughts and actions.
- Paul combats the Gnostics by reminding them that Christ’s physical body is what brought us back to God. Here is what Christ’s death accomplished for us:
- We are brought into God’s own presence
- We are holy and blameless
- We stand before God without a single fault (as He sees us through the red lens of Christ’s blood)
- Now comes the response we should have to these great truths of our identity in Christ: Don’t drift away. God knows our propensity for drifting. One moment we revel in the fact that God sees us faultless through Christ, and the next minute we drift into despair over an unexpected expense, a sin we repeat and want to stop, or a conflict with those we love. We constantly need to realign our focus. Paul saw it as his calling to proclaim the good news – to those who haven’t heard it and to those who embrace it but constantly drift away… kinda like you and me.
- We must remind each other constantly of who we really are and how God sees us – without a single fault. This truth of how God brings us back to Him shouldn’t cause us shame or license to sin – instead we should focus on continuing to believe and standing firmly in this truth. We need faith cleats that dig in with truth when the world and the enemy tell us we are unworthy, bad, and full of faults. Christ sees us without a single one – that includes you. That includes me. It’s the amazing truth of the good news that we should want to share with everyone we know.
- We don’t need to work harder to try to eliminate our faults. Instead we should constantly remember and encourage others in this truth so we don’t drift away.
- How does it feel when you embrace the truth that God sees you right now without a single fault because of Christ’s shed blood? (I hope you said FREE!) On this day that our country celebrates its freedom – I pray we will celebrate our ultimate freedom in Christ!
- Who do you need to encourage today with this truth? What other believer do you need to see the way God does-faultless? (We are so good at keeping a record of wrongs…)
- What practices most help you keep from drifting away from these truths? Please take a moment to write a comment below sharing the things that help you stand firm! It might really help another gal struggling to embrace her freedom in Christ.
Adoration: Praise God for sending His only Son so that you could be reconciled to Christ.
Confession: Admit the ways you have drifted away from the gospel truth that you are without a single fault in God’s eyes.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for His Word which constantly helps us remember who we are in Christ.
Supplication: Ask God to help you keep from drifting away from His gospel today.