COlossians 1:19-23 [ESV]
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
01. What are the three ways Paul describes our relationship with God before we were saved in verse 21?
02. What is your definition of "alienation"? What emotions does it stir up that you were alienated from God?
03. According to Paul, what is the means of our reconciliation? What is the aim of our reconciliation?
04. Do you have a harder time believing/grasping your alienation from God or you being made holy before God? Why?
05. What are now the practical effects/benefits/responsibilities of us being declared holy, blameless, and above reproach?