21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him… Colossians 1:21-22
For those who have received Jesus as Lord two states of mind are held in the same hand.
Once we were alienated from God, hostile in our thinking, and doing evil. That’s devastating!
But now through the very body of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion,
we are presented before Him, the King of Creation,
as reconciled to God, holy, blameless, and above accusation. That’s delightful!
Our motivations are to be progressively shaped by the truth and grace of the Gospel. God wants us to set aside the controlling condemnation that accompanies guilt, shame, and fear in order to live a life in the company of Jesus.
Self-righteousness self-justifies to convince us that we are doing pretty good on our own without God and of course that we are doing better than those “other” people. When this illusion is threatened we become caustic, prickly, and accusatory. Jesus’ righteousness ushers us into a confession of our common condition in sin’s brokenness and into a warm strong humility crafted by His love. Only Jesus’ Gospel-grace can keep devastation and delight together and create abundant life.