21 And 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.
Last time we examined how Christ is in everything preeminent. He is Lord of creation. He is Sovereign over the social order. And He is Head of the church. Verse 19 of Colossians 1 says God is pleased, “. . . through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
The Apostle Paul follows the description of Christ’s pre-eminence with a discussion on what it means for the church to be reconciled to God in Christ. Verse 21 presents the “before” picture. We—not just the Colossians—were once alienated from God. And we were happy with that, as we were even hostile toward Him. Such a heart resulted in doing evil deeds. Of course, the very idea of reconciliation means that all of this has changed.
But reconciliation does not bring us from hostility toward God merely to a neutral position. No. We are in the process of becoming holy to the point of blamelessness, above reproach.