GraceNotes – February 23, 2020
“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled…”
What God has done for us is absolutely amazing! We were enemies. We were enemies because of what our great-great-great-(keep going) grandparents had done. But we were also enemies because of what we had done. And it’s not a good thing to be an enemy of the God of the universe. He doesn’t play games and He can’t be defeated.
But, the beauty of this passage is exactly how Paul begins this verse – we “once” were enemies, “yet now” He changed that! We didn’t deserve a change. We deserved judgment and eternal punishment. But, God is merciful and gracious. And God punished His Son in our place in order to reconcile us to Him.
Rather than being His enemies, we are now His friends. And even better than that, we are His children! But, that’s not all God does for us. It is not enough for God to call us something different (enemies vs children). God wants to MAKE us something different. God’s salvation is a complete salvation, a whole salvation. He not only changes our position (sinner to saint) but he also changes our disposition (sinful to holy). He changes how we live.
The end result for us is that we not only are called saints, but we more and more start to live like saints! We not only are called holy, but we daily become more holy. We, as God’s children, start to LIVE like children of the King. And, no matter how much we slip and fall, God always picks us back up and restores us as we repent. He always welcomes us back onto the path of holiness and keeps us going in the right direction. In the end, He will receive all the glory as we receive all the blessings of a relationship that once was broken by our sin but now has been restored by His grace.