Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 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, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

– Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Thanks be to God for His mercy! God has reconciled us to Himself even when our minds were antagonistic against Him. But Paul doesn’t stop there—this is the process by which we grow. The hope of the gospel is not in us, but in Him. God rescued us, is rescuing us, and will continue to rescue us! Those who continue in this faith toward God will be established and firm, for they know that the power of the cross is eternal, even when we are inconsistent.

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