Before Him

Colossians 1:22 says: “Yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”. This verse teaches us that now, because of what Jesus has done, we who were formerly alienated and in evil (:21) are “holy, and blameless and above reproach” BEFORE HIM.

Those two words, “before Him” are important. It is one thing to be considered as having certain qualities before we are compared with with someone else. A certain young woman may be considered to be a local beauty, but she would pale in comparison to the state beauty queen. A high school athlete may seem impressive physically, but when placed beside a professional athlete, his physique is put into perspective. In the same way, a given person may appear to men to be righteous, but when he is placed before the presence of holy God we see the truth of Isaiah 64:6, “All our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.”

This makes what Colossians 1:22 says here even more dramatic: in Christ, we are not only “relatively” holy and blameless and above reproach”; we are all of those things “before Him”! In the very presence of the thrice-holy God, we are STILL “holy and blameless and above reproach.” Almost inconceivably, if we are in Christ, we will be able to stand before God, and not shrink away in shame from the holy light of His glory! The key here is to remember that this has nothing to do with our own merit or piety, but is a striking reminder of how powerful is the grace of God through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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