"And you, that were sometime
alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet
now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through
death, to present you holy and unblameable and
unreproveable in his sight."
Present Yourself Holy
God did not wait until we promised to scrub our
faces, put on our Sunday clothes, and go to Sunday
School before He agreed to do this work of
reconciliation. It was while we were in rebellion
against Him, while we were doing wicked works, that He
reconciled us to Himself. How many people do you hear
saying, "I'm lost because God has made adequate
provision for me?" People are lost because they want to
be ~ because they are in rebellion against God!
"That were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind."
This reminds us that there is a mental alienation from
God as well as a moral alienation. We may think that
people are lost because they have committed some
terrible sin. The reason people are lost is that their
minds are alienated from God. There is an open hatred
and hostility toward God today.
"The body of his flesh" ~ here is an explicit
declaration that Christ suffered ~ not just in
appearance ~ but He suffered in a real body!
"To present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in
his sight." Unblameable means "without blemish." That
was the requirement of the sacrificial animal in the Old
Testament. We cannot present perfection to God, and God
cannot accept anything short of perfection! That is the
reason we cannot be saved by our own works or by our
character. We simply cannot meet the demands of a
righteous God! But He is able to present us unblameable,
because He took our place! "For he hath made him to be
sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him" (2Cor. 5:21). Unreproveable
means "unaccusable" or "unchargeable." God is the One
who justified us! If God declares us to be justified,
who can bring any kind of a charge against us? He is the
One who has cleared us of all guilt!
Men and women without God are helpless and hopeless
human beings. We do well to remember that sin is to the
human nature what cancer is to the human body! Sin has
plunged us into the depths and so marked us with
morality that we have become brother to the clay ~ but
God never meant it to be that way.
The world makes its own argument that there are things
that can be considered good on the human level ~ but
they belong to us only for a brief day. Nothing is
divinely good until it bears the imprint of our Lord
Jesus Christ! People may argue and make excuses, but it
does not change the fact that in our human society we
are completely surrounded by everything recent,
temporal, and transient! That is why the Holy Spirit
whispers faithfully, reminding us of the Christ of God,
eternity walking in flesh, God Almighty come to live
among us and to save ~ giving us eternity!
God Bless you as you keep in mind: Everything is wrong,
until Jesus makes it right!
"Lord Dictated Them"