Let’s look together for the joy of being reconciled in Colossians 1:21-23.
Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Do you see why you should be filled with joy because of your reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ? Those who have confessed their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ are reconciled to God and have great reason for joy.
- Once alienated because of your sin and hostility toward God–but no longer
- Now presented holy and blameless and above reproach before God
- And persevering in the faith, stable and steadfast with no shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard
And the results of our joy should be a natural proclamation of the reconciliation we enjoy. Those who have been reconciled will joyfully share the good news of Jesus Christ.
With you in proclaiming the joy of reconciliation.
Resource: My recent sermon “Reconciled” on Colossians 1:21-23 can be found in mp3 format here.