“But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel” (Colossians 1:22-23).

Wonderful phrases these: holy in His sight; without blemish; free from accusation. This is in contrast to the phrases in the preceding sentence: alienated from God; enemies in your minds; evil behavior.

This is what reconciliation means. It changes our relationship with God. The change is not minimal like from strangers to friends, but is overwhelming, i.e., “alienated from God” to “holy in His sight”; similarly, from “enemies in your minds” to “without blemish” and from “evil behavior” to “free from accusation.”

Let us praise Him for His grace.

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