“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” Colossians 1:21-22
Paul’s first statement applies to all mankind prior to their conversion. Christ’s invitation to receive God’s merciful grace is offered to everyone. Even those who are the most defiant enemies of God may be reconciled. There is no distance too far for God to reach you.
Paul’s phrase “your evil thoughts and actions” tells us that ones mind and will work in conjunction with one another as they stand in rebellion of the Lord. Those who grasp for and adhere to the gospel message can be changed. In other words there has to be a want to. But first of all you must see your need of a Savior. Just like an alcoholic has to admit they have a problem, so a man must admit they are bogged down by their own sin and as a result is separated from God.
Think about being without fault. Once we are cleansed by the blood of Christ that is exactly how the Lord sees us, as holy and blameless, just as if we had never sinned. It boggles the mind when we ponder the magnitude of that fact. It’s like taking a filthy garment that was once white, off and placing it in straight bleach. It will become pure white once again, just as our soul will. If you’ve had this miracle take place in your life then you know exactly what I am talking about. Your life has never been the same since that day. You can’t do this on your own, but God can and will. All you have to do is ask Him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Entire Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.