Reconciled

Colossians 1:21-22 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

‘And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled.’ This refers in particular to Gentiles and is similar to Ephesians 2:11-18; 4:17-19. The sixfold former state of gentiles: Uncircumcised (Eph. 2:11); without Christ (Eph. 2:12); aliens to Israel’s blessings; strangers to the covenants; having no hope in God; without God in the world.

‘In the body of his flesh through death.’ No covenant was made without blood (Ex. 24:8; Heb. 9:20), and there can be no remission of sins without it (Heb. 9:22; Lev. 17:11). Christ’s own blood atoned for sin and it alone can redeem if accepted for personal atonement and proper terms are met (Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; John 6:53-56; 19:34; Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:24-25; 5:9; 1Cor. 10:16; 11:25; Eph. 1:7; 2:13-16; Col. 1:14-20; Heb. 9:12-15; 10:19-29; 12:24; 13:12, 20; 1Pet. 1:2, 18-23; 1Jn. 1:7; 5:6; Rev. 1:5-6; 5:9; 7:14; 12:11).

‘To present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.’ The purpose of redemption (Col. 1:22, 28; Eph. 1:4; 1Thess. 3:13; 5:23; Heb. 12:14). God appraises man as the highest of creation. Man is worth on an equal basis with Jesus Christ in redemption – as to righteousness (1Jn. 3:7), provision by promise (1Cor. 3:22-23; 2Cor. 1:20; Heb. 8:6), nature (2Pet. 1:4), works (John 14:12), inheritance (Rom. 8:17), sufferings and future glory (Matt. 10:24-25; Rom. 8:18; 2Tim. 2:12; 1Pet. 2:21; 4:1; Rev. 2:26-27; 5:10; 22:4-5).Only through redemption in Christ will the whole creation be restored to original perfection and goodness (Gen. 3:1-24; 6:5-22; Rom. 5:12-21; 8:17-24; 1Cor. 15:24-28; 2Pet. 3:7-13; Rev. 21:1-22:5). No single species has evolved from a lower to a higher plane of life. Redemption is the Greek word lutrosis meaning a ransoming. It is from Lutron, a ransom price of redemption; an atonement; a release on receipt of a ransom price and lutroo, to redeem (1Pet. 1:18; Luke 24:21; Tit. 2:14).

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