The term for “alienated” means “estranged,” “cut off,” or “separated.” Before they were reconciled, all people were completely estranged from God (Ephesians 2:12,13). The term for “enemies” can also be translated “hateful.” Unbelievers hate God and resent His holy standard because they love “wicked works” (John 3:19,20; 15:18,24,25). Actually there is alienation from both sides, since God “hates all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5). Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross that paid the full penalty for the sin of all who believe made reconciliation possible and actual (Romans 3:25;5:9,10;8:3).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:21.
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When tempted, no one should say,
‘God is tempting me.’
For God cannot be tempted by evil,
nor does He tempt anyone;
but each one is tempted when,
by his own evil desire,
he is dragged away and enticed.
“But whatever the nature of the composite object, you must keep him praying to it-to the thing that he has made, not the Person who has made him.” The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, pg. 18
It is no surprise how frequently the Bible uses “light” as a symbol for spiritual awakening and salvation. Jesus said He was “the light of the world” (John 8:12); and when He left earth, He designated His followers to be that light: “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) “You”, not “Your Pastor” only, or “Your neighbor”, but YOU.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world! Let your life be a source of light-what Jesus called “your good works”-so the lost will be drawn to Christ in you.
“The gospel is light but only the Spirit can give sight.” A. W. Tozer
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah Turning Points Devotional, November 10, 2016.