Daily Devotions


Day 21

Candid Language

Text: Colossians 1:21

Paul did not mince words when he described the state of the sinner before redemption and reconciliation. Candid language does not mean coarseness. It is simply plain talking.

“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your
mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.”
Colossians 1:21

1. “And you”

a) In direct reference, this would be a reference to the Colossians.
b) In general reference, and by way of application, this would be a description of the unredeemed.

2. “Who once were”

a) Reference to the past.
b) Before salvation is received.

3. A candid description of the state of the sinner before redemption

a) “Alienated”
i) From the light of God.
ii) From the life of God.
iii) From the kingdom of God.
b) “Enemies”
i) Because of wicked deeds.
ii) Because of wicked thoughts (“in your mind”).
iii) Few realise that they are “enemies”.
iv) Few appreciate that sinners are at enmity with God.

4. “Yet now He has reconciled”

a) This is the work of Christ.
b) He seeks to reconcile all to Himself.
c) This act of reconciliation takes place:-
i) When a person turns to Christ for salvation.
ii) Jesus reconciles the sinner immediately.
iii) This reconciliation is permanent.