“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 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.” Colossians 1:21-22
Last year, while beginning my long study on the Doctrines of Grace, I got a clearer understanding of our utter depravity before salvation. I have been a believer for many years, I knew I was a sinner separated from a holy God, but I didn’t realize just how estranged I was from Him. I was alienated and hostile in mind before He saved me, because my mind was governed by my flesh. Romans 8:7. In every single way - my thoughts, my acts, my words, my intentions, my will, my understanding, my pursuits, were all in violation of His law. I was going head first into pure lawlessness. 1 John 3:4. I think once we see just how depraved we were outside of Christ; it brings a new sense of deep thankfulness and praise for His grace!
Sisters, if God has saved you, then He chose to save you. He chose you before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4. He chose to change our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh in order to be receptive to the gospel, and in turn desire to repent of our sin and our wicked ways. Ezekiel 36:26. It was not us, it was all Him. Nothing could be added to the grace He freely gifted us and we surely cannot change our own wicked hearts. For we are saved by grace through faith, and it is not of ourselves, it is a gift! Ephesians 2:8. We were formerly alienated from Him, but no longer! He forgave us all our trespasses, Christ redeemed and reconciled us to the Father by His precious sacrifice, so He could present us holy and blameless. Praise the Lord, we are no longer estranged, sisters!
Lord, Your grace is so precious to me. Let me always be reminded of your mercy and never forget that my salvation was nothing I did, it was the most marvelous gift I could ever receive.
Knowing how depraved we are outside of Christ, how alienated from God we were, let us be more diligent in praying for our lost loved ones and friends.