Alienated and Enemies in your Mind

Colossians 1:21-22.

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:

Who once were alienated: The ancient Greek word translated alienated (apellotriomenous) is literally “transferred to another owner.” This is profound. That which was created by God, for Himself, is transferred to another owner by his own alienation to a lie, and by his enmity toward God. This is a mighty truth, and one to which we need to pay attention. Satan woos us through our minds. He presents logical-sounding arguments about why we just really don’t need to worry about eternal damnation because, after all, look how rotten some other person is! “I’m not so bad compared to So and So.”

The truth is, if there had never been another person alive on earth but YOU (or me!), Jesus would still have had to die. Heaven is not something we gain by our own virtue, but through the virtue of Jesus. Period.

Through the suffering and death of Jesus, and His resurrection, God has provided the final acceptable atonement for our sin and thereby reconciled us, redeemed us from Satan’s ownership. When we accept that gift of salvation, we can stand before God, holy, without blame or reproof; we stand only with amazement and humility that He would allow His Son to bear the shame, the stain, the guilt of MY sin.

2 thoughts on “Alienated and Enemies in your Mind

  1. bryan Johnston

    Spot on again Linda and very well written too. Once we have accepted Christ, then “There is no condemnation,” for we have been reconciled to God by the Supreme Sacrifice of His Son. Nevertheless, we must “guard our hearts/minds/souls,” for satan goes around “LIKE a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” but when the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roars on our behalf, satan appears more like Clarence the toothless lion, than anything we need to be bothered about!

    Still though, he will keep trying to sow lies into our minds if we are off-guard (i had to ‘delete’ one about christian friends earlier today, by saying out loud “That’s NOT true) so we cannot afford to be complacent, lest we ‘backslide.’

    Take care/keep writing. Shalom/God bless+++

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