Col 1:21 says that we were once alienated from God and even that we were enemies with God. There was hostility and enmity between us and God. This is a frightening thought. All men and women are born into the world as enemies of God. The language Paul uses is that of warfare. We were in a battle against God. To win a war you need to have some kind of advantage over your opponent, whether that be through strength, location, strategy or something else. But we can never come close to matching God in any of these things. He is all-powerful. He is present everywhere. He is all-wise. He has us outmatched at every turn. Left on our own the only way this war would end would be in destruction for us.
But God did an amazing thing. Rather than make war upon us as he could have he sent his own beloved Son and made war upon his Son in our place. Jesus Christ bore the wrath of God’s punishment so that we might have peace with God. Colossians 1 says, “For it pleased the Father… by [Christ] to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Have you trusted in Christ and through him found peace with God?
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