Colossians 1:21-23

Sunday School Lesson


And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Our former condition

  • Alienated

    • Estranged

      • No “moral compass”

      • No desire for God

    • A fixed state or condition

      • Not only fallen, but staying there

      • Deliberate opposition to God

  • Enemies

    • Describes disposition

      • Thoughts

        • Denying a God

        • Wishing no God

        • Thinking He is like us

      • Deeds

        • Thought out deeds, not just excited passions

His work of reconciliation

  • Yet now hath He reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18)

    • All the changes had to be done in us

    • All the changes were done by Him

  • In the body of his flesh (incarnation)

    • Contrast with angels

  • Through death (atonement/propitiation)

    • Satisfied the Father

    • Succored the sinner

His purpose in reconciliation (present and future)

  • Holy – free from sin

    • We are not reconciled so that we may continue in sin! (Romans 6:1-2)

    • Reconciliation makes things

      • Easy – we need not fear God

      • Impossible – we strive to deserve God’s love

  • Blameless – without blemish

    • Worthy to be presented to God

  • Unaccusable (Romans 8:33-34)

    • Law will not accuse

    • God will not accuse

    • Conscience will not accuse

    • Angels will not accuse

    • Satan will not accuse

The evidence (demands) of reconciliation

  • If implies faithfulness, rather than questioning it

    • But there was false doctrine “in the air”

    • You will not be unblameable or unreproveable if you do not continue.

  • Continuing in the faith (positive expression)

    • Grounded

    • Settled

  • Unmoved (negative expression)

Proclaiming reconciliation – the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:20)

  • Ye have heard

    • From himself

    • From Epaphras

  • Was preached to every creature

    • Not a private interpretation

    • Same as was preached everywhere

  • Paul was made a minister

    • By Christ

    • Particularly for “them” – Gentiles

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