Monday, May 19, 2014

holy & blameless

Paul, the apostle, writes to the young Christ followers in Colossae a definitive description of who Jesus is & what it's all about.

The last half of the last sentence is a real zinger!

Read this slowly & absorb it, will ya?

Colossians 1

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

  He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

16 for through him God created everything

  in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see

  and the things we can't see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

  Everything was created through him and for him.

17 He existed before anything else,

  and he holds all creation together.

18 Christ is also the head of the church,

  which is his body.

He is the beginning,

  supreme over all who rise from the dead.

  So he is first in everything.

19 For God in all his fullness

  was pleased to live in Christ,

20 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.

  21 This includes you who were once far away from God.

         You were his enemies,

         separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.

22 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.

iow, because of Jesus & His sacrifice, God doesn't see us as sin-soaked, fallen people.

He sees us as "holy & blameless"

Let that sink in...

God doesn't see our sins.

He sees us as a holy...

Think about that....

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