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TO PRESENT YOU BEFORE HIM

Colossians  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  35:46
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I. THE PAST CONDITION OF THOSE NOW IN CHRIST.

First, we once were alienated.
to be considered alien v. — to be or become considered foreign and consequently separate from another country or citizenry.
Ephesians 2:12
Ephesians 2:12 ESV
12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 4:18
Ephesians 4:18 ESV
18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
Second, we were hostile in mind.
enemy (personal) n. — a personal enemy.
Hebrews 12:3
Hebrews 12:3 ESV
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
2 Corinthians 12:20
2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV
20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
Third, it results is doing evil deeds.
Romans 8:7
Romans 8:7 ESV
7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

II. WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR THOSE IN CHRIST.

Colossians 1:22
Colossians 1:22 ESV
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,
to reconcile back v. — to reconcile, perhaps emphasizing the restoration of the previously harmonious relationship.
What is the means of this reconciliation? The blood of the cross.
What is the purpose of this reconciliation?
22b “…in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him...”
Ephesians 2:14-16
Ephesians 2:14–16 ESV
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
Luke 6:35
Luke 6:35 ESV
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
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