Today we’re in Colossians 1:20-22, and again we’re going to stay with the Amplified version in order to really get into these verse, and understand what we need to know about reconciliation from them.
So…we find that we were once alienated and estranged from God, but those of us that have come to know Jesus as Lord & Savior are holy, faultless, irreproachable, and blameless in the Father’s presence.
The last two days we talked about the fact that God’s not counting our sins against us, and that in order for us to be fully reconciled to God there can’t be anything between us…like a husband and wife. We even used the example yesterday of a husband and wife working to reconcile a marriage.
We said that every hidden thing between a husband and wife has to be brought out into the open, and that if there was anything hidden that full reconciliation wouldn’t be possible.
Here’s the difference between a marriage reconciliation, and us being reconciled to God.Everything that could and would possibly separate us from God was placed upon the perfect, spotless, and blameless Lamb of God…and as I said the other day when Jesus was on the Cross ALL of the things that could keep us from reconciliation with God was put on display…on the Cross in the body of Christ. He bore our sicknesses, infirmities, and our sins…right? If you don’t believe that…read through (Isaiah 53), and you’ll see that everything that we could possibly be punished for was done to Jesus.
You see. Our reconciliation to God is complete because of the fact that Jesus became everything that stood between us and God. There are no hidden secrets in our lives that God doesn’t know about. There is nothing we can do, no where we can go, and no where we can hide. Remember David’s Psalm where he basically said no matter where I go…God…You are always there.
So nothing we do or don’t do ever catches God by surprise. There’s never a moment in our lives when we do or don’t do something, and He thinks to Himself that He never saw that coming.
Verse 22 tells us that we are reconciled to God in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present US holy, faultless, irreproachable, and blameless in the Father’s presence.
See, what I’d like to focus on here is blameless…because all of the blame for our sin was again placed upon Jesus so that we could be made blameless. Maybe the religious world doesn’t understand what blameless means.
Question: How can we be so consumed by sin when we’ve seen it defined here that everything God did was to make certain we understand that we are not being held accountable for our sins?
How can it be made any clearer that we are FULLY reconciled to God not because of ourselves, our merits or our deeds? How can it be made any more plain that there’s nothing between us and God except for our doubt and unbelief that God really was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself?
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was for our reconciliation. He put to death the sin, the power of sin, and the punishment for sin. He buried our guilt, our shame, and our blame. He rose victorious, and when He rose.
Listen…this is good. I literally just heard this in my spirit. We ALL died on the Cross with Christ. We ALL went to hell with Christ. We ALL rose again blameless, holy, and in right standing with God. All of us who have called upon Jesus as Lord & Savior are…in Christ Jesus.
Does anyone know where Christ is right now? That’s right He’s in us through the Holy Spirit. But more so then that. Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. So…we are in Christ…correct? If that’s the case…and the Bible is completely true & accurate…and it is. Then I don’t know…maybe your Bible says something different than mine…but mine says ” If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)
What that means to me is that we are fully reconciled to God, and not only is there nothing between us and the Father…but we’re right next to Him. Come on. The very power of God dwells with in us through the Holy Spirit. We cannot get any closer to God then having Him dwell within us, and because we’re in Christ…we’re seated right next to Him.
If we were still being judged by our sin, if there we were still separated from God, and if our sin was truly keeping us from Him then He couldn’t be in us, we couldn’t be in Christ, and we also couldn’t have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
This is what the religious mind cannot grasp. We are already in Christ. We are already seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are filled and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The very power that raise Christ from the dead is in us. The very power that Christ walked in while He was preaching & teaching is in us.
We are reconciled to God. There is NOTHING between us…except for our doubt and unbelief…and our own consciousness of our sin.
Reconciliation has absolutely nothing to do with us…and everything to do with Jesus. We are perfect and blameless in the sight of God only because of Jesus. There’s nothing more we can do because there wasn’t ever anything we could do…but come to the knowledge and understanding that Jesus purchased our reconciliation…and it was purchased in full.
John 14:6: ” Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.”
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer