And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard. Colossians 1:21-23
The mind is always resistant to the things of God. Sometimes the mind alienates, or as it is meant in the Greek, estranged us, divorces us from God’s grace. Note: God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). But grace!!! Paul tells us that He has reconciled us in His body through his death. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22).
Because he reconciled is in his flesh through death, we are presented—quite literally, to stand beside the one who is and to be identified in the same: to be placed side by side, and to be considered the same—holy… He has presented is holy (as He is, so are we), unblameable (present tense; nothing can be laid against us in any charge), and unreproveable (unblameable, non accusable, above reproach) in his sight.
This is grace.
Paul then pulls the words of Jesus into a conditional plea. Jesus said:
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Paul says in vs 23, if you continue in the faith. It is easy to see this—or any of Paul’s many conditional statements he writes under a law perspective. That is not what his conditional statement means here.
Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
The conditional plea, “if” can easily be interpreted as a performance based clause. However, Christ said on Calvary, “it is finished.” That means exactly that. So the clause here cannot be performance based, for Christ finished the work, and Paul is drawing from that calling us all three “un” statements which are positional, actionable, and personal.
No, Paul is drawing on a plea, which we see in Barnabas in Acts 11, exhorting them to “cleave unto the Lord.”
It is vital to note that 1 John 1:9, also an “if” clause, is different. It is “ean” rather than “ei.” John’s clause is written for those who have not come to grace. Paul is writing to those who have been saved by grace through faith already.
Paul is pleading—like Barnabas in Acts 11, that those who have received grace: stay in grace!
My friend, if so be that you have come to know His grace—continue daily is his grace. There you are “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.
When our mind, the devil, or others say anything other, stay in his grace. God cannot lie, and his work is finished, and complete. Stay in grace, and he will complete all things in us, as the Holy Spirit leads us deeper into the finished work of grace.
There is no condemnation and no defeat for those who stay in grace!