SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Scripture: Colossians 1:14
This passage is unique because it is almost identical to Ephesians 1:7. We see the Lord is making the identical statement and the identical progression that He did in Ephesians 1. Colossians 1:14 says, “… in whom we have redemption (af-es-is) [through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” What is the issue here? What we are seeing here is the focus on the completing of a process. The final act of this process is the remission or the expunging of record. This is the removal of all record of any wrong of anything committed by the old man. We understand now why redemption is placed in this order in Ephesians. It completes the launching from our past life and self-image exchanging that for the confidence of the New Testament believer once we accept the fact that there is no more record of sin. That past record is totally, completely wiped away, expunged! What do we as believers look like when we agree and set our faith on what the Scripture says about the process, and embrace the fact that the record is expunged? There is no more record of sin. What does the believer look like who experiences Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14 accepted by faith, maintained through intimacy and relationship? That believer has been assigned the grace to fulfill a powerful destiny complete with the potential to look like Paul. We look like saints qualified to arise to our calling and participate in the winding up of the age.