“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—”
(Colossians 1:21–22 HCSB)

Paul lays out here the progress of the gospel in the life of the individual.  Before coming to Christ we were alienated and hostile in your [our] minds, which is to say that we wanted nothing to do with Christ or God or anything that God may say or want or demand from us.  In short we were idolaters of the worst sort, worshiping ourselves and our desires and wants and on the run, rebels against a holy God.

After we coming to Christ—He has reconciled you by His physical body through his death—we are now completely different, we are holy, faultless, and blameless before Him, which is simply unimaginable. We certainly do not make ourselves holy and blameless, nor did we do anything to become holy and blameless.  What we could not do, Christ did in his body at the cross.  We are reconciled.  We are holy.  We are faultless. We are blameless before a holy God.

Try doing that on your own, dear reader.

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