Read: Colossians 1-4; Philemon 1
Marked: Colossians 1:10, that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [Him,] being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Realizing what it is that Jesus has done for me on the cross compels me to walk worthy of Him, pleasing Him, bearing fruit, and increasing in knowledge.
It was He who delivered me from the kingdom of darkness (V13). I am now a citizen of the kingdom of the Son of His love. Once I was alienated and an enemy in my mind by the wicked things I did.
But Christ redeemed me that I should walk in the fullness of His presence, continuing in the faith, grounded and steadfast, not moving away from the Hope I have in the gospel.
Read: Ephesians 4-6
Marked: Ephesians 4:22-24, that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Many think this is it. This life and this time and this world, and seek to make the most of it as they see fit. Some try to live good lives however they define good.
Others try to get as much as they can get out of life by any means possible. This only leads, eventually, to death.
Jesus says that if we hear His word and believe in Him who sent Him, we can have everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but pass from death to life.
So, to live means to live as Jesus teaches, putting off my former conduct. In Christ the old man is dead and I now live the new life according to the Word of God having my mind renewed by the Spirit of God.
In Christ I am born again, a new man, recreated and living as God intended, in true righteousness and holiness.
Read: Ephesians 1-3
Marked: Ephesians 2:11-12, Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands–that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
A dead man doesn’t know he is dead. And so it is with unbelievers. Thinking they are alive, not knowing they are actual dead in sins and trespasses.
Those without God in this world have no real hope. They make do. They look to things, and for things, that make them believe they have hope. But like the dead, they don’t know that they are dead.
About Christ, the Bible says, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:4-5).
In Christ is life and He came to bring that life to those who are dead. There is nothing worse than having no hope. My hope is in Jesus and life is better with Him and with God.