Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:21-23
Colossians 1:21-23 ESV
21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 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, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
All three verses are one long sentence. Paul is stringing along three important facts that all make one cohesive thought: we were dead in our sins (enemies of God), Jesus paid the price of reconciliation, we must continue in our faith and trust in the true gospel message of God. These three things cannot exist outside of one another.
UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
We were once enemies of God and now have been made right in His eyes because of Jesus so that we are now pure, but only if we are firm in our faith and not wavering from the true gospel.
PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
Many people think once saved always saved. I would agree, but would say if you are truly saved you can never lose it, but if you seem to lose your salvation, then you never were truly saved.
TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen