Daily Fountain Devotional 30th March 2020 – Reconciliation to God

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Anglican Communion Daily Fountain Devotional 30th March 2020 

TOPIC: Reconciliation to God

SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:21-24

MESSAGE: Reconciliation is the process by which God and people are brought together again. The purpose of Christ death on the cross was to reconcile those who were once alienated and enemies in their mind by wicked works (v.21), presenting them holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight (v.22). This can only take place if they continue in faith, grounded and steadfast, not moved away from the hope of the gospel that they heard which was preached to every creature under heaven (v.23).

Daily Fountain Devotional 30th March 2020 By Anglican Communion

God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2Cor. 5:18-19). Through the sacrifice of Christ, people’s sins are atoned for and God’s wrath is appeased, thus changing the relationship of hostility and alienation into that of peace and fellowship. Paul presents a strong contrast between the Colossian’s pre-Christian status- alienated, hostile, doing evil deeds; and their situation now as Christians- holy and blameless. This is the same language the Old Testament uses to describe the unblemished animals that priests brought for a sacrifice.

Paul believed that not only the Colossian believers will continue in the faith but all those who have heard the gospel both Jews and Gentiles. What is lacking in the afflictions of Christ does not mean there is any deficiency in Christ’s atoning death and suffering on the cross (Heb. 9:12, 24-26) but the future suffering that Paul and other Christians will experience for the sake of the gospel (Phil. 2:30).

PRAYER POINTS
Dear Lord, make me an instrument of reconciling people to you.

DAILY QUOTE: “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4)

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