… 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, 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.
I had held the thought for a long time that my salvation was for my own benefit. My God saved me because I needed to be saved. Yes, but my necessity for salvation was not the root cause for its execution.
I was saved to be reunited to God. Yes, I am to enjoy my salvation and personally experience grace, but it was not any position I held or deed I had done to receive it. I do not know what your intentions were when “walking the aisle to repentance”, but mine were completely selfish in thought. “I need to be saved. I can’t go to Hell.” Me. Me. Me. All of my thoughts were fixated on me. I replaced the grace of God in that moment with selfish ambitions to negate eternal damnation. I overlooked the provider of Grace for grace itself. Of course it is impossible to not think of one’s self in seeking salvation, but that is a topic written for another day. The point is that the only selfish joy I have is the God-given share in His inheritance.
The word in this passage “reconciled” keeps throbbing in my head. What does it mean to be reconciled back to God? The greek word implies “change” or “exchange”. So in the christian context, it is the exchanging of my old self to the self God works in me. Being that I was saved to be changed, should not transformation be a absolute necessity once salvation takes place? Where is the churches renewed mind? Where is the differentiation from the church and the world?
Divorce rates are just as high in the church as they are outside its walls. Abortion statistics yield that more “Christians” get abortions than those who do not claim to be followers of Christ. Where are the real Christ followers? Where is the change?!
God work in me violently as to see your working poured out from my sinful flesh.