Together in Christ: 'Believe Who Jesus Says You Are!' — Colossians 1:21-23

Thursday, October 10, 2024

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This [peace] 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.
— Colossians 1:21-23 NLT

Key Thought

God's grace for us in Jesus' sacrifice means peace and complete reconciliation with God even though we have been rebellious and sinful. Christ now presents us to the Father as "holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault." While we know we are not that in our reality, we trust that when we confess our sins, they are forgiven and their sinful residue removed as Jesus' sacrifice once again purifies us of any sinful filth in God's reality. [1]

However, because God is someone we do not see, [2], we can easily forget who we are and Whose we are. We also forget that the Father views every brother and sister in Christ this highly, too. Because of the high cost that Jesus paid, like us, they are "holy and blameless as [they] stand before him without a single fault." When we think less of ourselves than God does or are insecure in our relationship with God as our Father, we tend to act in petty, mean, uncaring, unforgiving, ungracious, and ungodly ways toward each other! We forget how much we are loved, so we don't love each other as we have been loved! [3] When we forget the great love with which God has loved us, we also forget how desperately the lost world around us needs our love extended toward them so they can see Christ in us and ask us about our hope in Jesus. [4]

So, dear friend in Christ, "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." Your trust in God's love for you, Jesus' estimation of your holiness, and the Spirit's work in transforming you are essential. Your loving actions toward your brothers and sisters in Christ and your willingness to reach out to those needing salvation are rooted in these understandings. Please, believe you are who Jesus says you are: [Y]ou are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault."

[1] 1 John 1:5-10.
[2] 1 John 4:12, 20.
[3] John 13:34-35, 15:12; Matthew 22:39.
[4] 1 Peter 3:13-17.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father, I believe You love me, but sometimes Your love seems too good to be true. I know my weaknesses, stumbles, flaws, and vulnerabilities. Sometimes, I succumb to temptation. However, dear God, I choose to believe You love me and that I am who Jesus says I am. I choose to live into that reality with the help of the Holy Spirit. I believe in Your love for me and rejoice in the grace Jesus has provided me. I thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 1:5-2:2, 3:1-3
  • Romans 8:14-17

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About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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