Chapter One, Lesson Five
HOLY AND BLAMELESS Page
** Is Paul saying that all men will be saved? Is this speaking
of a Universalism form of salvation?
Absolutely not! Matthew 25:41 and 46, Revelation 20:10-15 both speak
of the destruction of those souls who rejected the free gift of eternal
life through faith in Jesus Christ. Taken in context, Paul is saying
that Christ created all things and that the Father reconciled those
same things to Himself through the work of Christ on the cross. Mankind
can refuse that reconciliation by holding fast to their sin!
V.21 ** In verse 21, Paul moves from creation in general to the
specific needs of the Colossians. What three desperate conditions do you
see in this verse which describe our state-of-mind prior to being reconciled?
1) We were alienated from God - "to make unfriendly where
attachment formerly existed", and this of course was caused by
sin. cf. James 4:4 and 1Peter 1:1 for the reversal of this process.
2) We were hostile toward God - "overt antagonism, resistance
in thought or principle".
cf. Luke 11:53-54, Acts 26:9 and Romans 8:6-7
3) We were engaged in evil deeds - cf.John 3:19 and Isaiah 64:6
** Now that we have been reconciled to God, by His grace, what new dynamic
have our deeds taken on?
We are now zealous to do those deeds designed by the Lord, which will
bring Him the greatest glory! cf. Titus 2:14 and John 3:21
V.22 ** Through what vessel does God reconcile us to Himself?
In the fleshly body of Jesus Christ, through His death on our behalf!
cf. Philippians 2:7-8 and Hebrews 10:10
** This amazing sacrifice for our souls was to have a life changing impact
upon us, what is it?
That we would be "Holy and Blameless" as we stand
before Him! cf. Romans 6:10-11
** What is the difference between those two important terms used here
Holy - hagios means to be separated from sin and set apart to
God (Ephesians 1:4).
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