This is the free Student devotional for Do Over: Session 1: A Problem You Can’t Solve.
Before And After
Pause: Spend a few minutes listening to your favorite worship song or “From the Inside Out” by Hillsong United to prepare your heart.
The Bible says that the person you are now is radically different than the person you were before you came to Jesus. Jot down some words that described you before Christ and now describe you after Christ.
Read Colossians 1:21-23:
Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him— if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.
- What does the Bible say about your condition before you knew Christ?
- What does the Bible say about the importance of Christ’s work?
- What does the Bible say about your new position in Christ?
When you put your faith in Christ, you are made holy before a holy God. Holiness is not something you can achieve on your own.
Ask yourself, Have I put my faith in Christ for salvation? If you have, consider that you have been reconciled to God. This is a doctrine theologians call “positional sanctification.” If you have not, consider the plan of salvation on page 2.
• For further study on positional sanctification, read: 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Jude 24.
Behind the Story
The Apostle Paul said that we begin life “alienated from God” because of our sin. On our own, we will never be good enough. Our only hope to be made right with God, to achieve the holiness He demands, is Jesus Christ. By His death, Jesus became our substitute. When we put our faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, God no longer sees us as unholy. Instead, Christ presents us as holy.
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