The transformation

While salvation involves an understanding of sin and a choice to repent, some people mistakenly think they themselves must clean up their life before coming to Christ. But that is actually impossible. No one can make himself righteous apart from the work of the Holy Spirit – only God can give a clean heart, holy desires, and a transformed mind.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 8, 2021.

Reconciled in Christ


~Colossians 1:19-23~

Man is reconciled to God when God restores man to a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  This text does not teach that, as a result, all will believe; rather it teaches that all will ultimately submit.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:20.