Last week we talked about the reconciliation we have in Christ. We were once alienated from God and his enemies but now through the blood of Christ we have been reconciled to him. As Colossians 1 continues this theme it tells us in verse 22 that we have been reconciled for a purpose, “to present us holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed we continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which we heard.”
Paul’s concern in this passage is to teach us that we cannot just sit back and relax after we have been saved as though there was nothing else to do. No. We have been called to a life of holiness, and we must continue steadfast and grounded in the hope that we first had when we believed the gospel.
But it’s difficult to be faithful every day, isn’t it? The legitimate concerns of this world take up our thoughts and attention.
We need to remind ourselves of the grace that we have received in Christ, the reconciliation that we have, and the hope that we have that all the promises of God are certain to be fulfilled. When we keep these things in our minds we will be much more motivated, out of thankfulness, to persevere in holiness.
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