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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

HOLY AND BLAMELESS          Page 3
V.20 (cont'd.)

** 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 by Paul?

Holy - hagios means to be separated from sin and set apart to God (Ephesians 1:4).

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