Paul shows us the amazing love that God has for us in his blood shed on the cross, but now he begins to explain what happens when we’ve asked to follow Jesus and trusted his forgiveness.
“And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has reconciled”
While we were at one point separated from God and his will for our lives, the power of Jesus’ love and sacrifice brought us back. Nothing we did made this happen, we didn’t reconcile ourselves, we have been reconciled. It’s a minor difference grammatically, but it has HUGE implications. Your forgiveness rests entirely on what God has done. You never earned it, you weren’t capable of it, it was done for you. And while you didn’t do this, something was done to you.
He did this so that you could be presented “holy and blameless and above reproach before him.” Our faith is often mistaken as entry by grace, sustained by deeds. We know we can’t do anything to earn God’s grace but somehow get tricked into feeling like we have to work to keep it. We are above reproach in him. That means we can’t even be accused before him anymore. Not because God’s dumb and blind to sin, but because sin is known and acknowledged and found at the cross. There we are made blameless.
It is entirely through his blood, his work, and his grace that we have been reconciled. It’s why we praise him, it’s why we serve him because we truly have been bought at such a great price.