If.

…he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved…
Colossians 1:22,23

One little word, but one that is full of depth and terror and hope and challenge.

If.

The word joins 2 verses from Colossians, verses 22 & 23, and they reveal a truth that lies at the heart of this blog and a truth that I wish all believers would take to heart.

At Easter we celebrated and remembered our passover lamb. The lamb that was slaughtered, and who’s blood – if we have placed it on the doorposts of our hearts – reconciles us to God. It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our sin; makes us holy; enables us to approach our maker; frees us from every action that deserves punishment and the accusations that come with it.

This is a wonderful gift too – it cannot be earned or bought or deserved. It is grace. That is what verse 22 says – it is what he has done; it is about what Jesus’ death gives us, it is what it achieves for us….

if…

Christ’s death saves us, only if we continue in the faith. We only remain holy in God’s eyes… we are only without blemish (perfected & pure)… we are only free sin’s accusations… IF.
If we continue, if we are established, if we are firm, if we are not moved.

It makes sense really. But those who are continuing in the faith may be wondering why I bother to point all this out. Well, I suppose the whole reason for this post, the whole reason for this blog, is to encourage Christians to ‘keep on keeping on’ (as my Grandma would say).

I’ve seen too many people – especially in their youth – get all caught up in Christianity, join the local youth group, go to the festivals, make a profession of faith… but then by the time they’ve left university or home or got a job or a boyfriend/girlfriend, they give up continuing in the faith. They are not firm; they have been moved.

It’s sad. No, it’s more than that, it’s devastating – I hate it! Christ’s death isn’t a fad that we can pick up & put down when it suits our lifestyle. It is the foundation of our life.

Persevere.
Continue.
Don’t give up.

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