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A Reconciled Enemy (9 of 12)
June 20, 1999
Theme: Another Mark of the Real Christian
How many of you have had some very genuine peace in your lives this past week? How many of you have been rejoicing and giving thanks to God for Salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ? How many of you have been worshiping the PREIMMENENT Lord, Jesus Christ, these past weeks, all throughout the week, not just on Sunday? Is Jesus YOUR priority in your life? How many of you have allowed our Lord, Jesus Christ, to use you for reconciliation?
Today, we're turning to verses 21 through 22. Would you take your Bible and read along with me this morning from Colossians, chapter 1, verses 21 through 22. Then go ahead and keep them open, so you can refer back as we move through God's message today.
21)And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-
23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (NKJV)
And you, who once were ONCE alienated (estranged). Here Paul is calling the Colossian Christians to remember back to that time when they were completely separated from God. This was the time before their reconciliation (remember we looked at how reconciliation comes about over these past weeks - it is what Jesus does for us.). They were 'outsiders' or, just like the Ephesian Christians, "But 'now in Christ Jesus, you who were far off, have been brought near by the Blood for Christ." (Eph.2:12-13). They were 'far off' from the covenant of promise. They were lost. They had no hope of salvation.
Is anything any different today? Aren't people who have never repented of their sins and believed in the Lord, Jesus Chri ...
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