Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:2)



Rev. Alan Cairns

There is a solemn, searching truth in these words: if God is your Father, Jesus is your Lord. In the gospel usage of the term, the our in “our Father” refers exclusively to born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. In verse 4 Paul speaks of the Colossians’ “faith in Christ Jesus,” proving that he is addressing only believers in Him. The liberal notion that all men are equally the children of God and accepted by Him is plainly anti- biblical.
But there is another solemn truth here: all who are believers have accepted Christ as their Lord. In recent years this apparently obvious truth has become a matter of controversy as some dispensationalist writers argue that it is possible for a person to receive Christ as Saviour by faith while postponing bowing to His Lordship until a later time. We can all agree that no believer is perfectly submitted to Christ, for none of them in this world is yet sinless. But this does not change the fact that every true believer recognises Christ as his “Lord and Saviour.” You cannot have one without the other. We are not justified by works but by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Nevertheless, all those so justified have been “created in Christ Jesus unto [for] good works” (Ephesians 2:10). Imperfect as believers’ obedience is, it is still an honest expression of hearts that bow to Christ as Lord and Master.
So, today, let us set forth as obedient servants, “bond slaves of Jesus Christ” as Paul put it (Romans 1:1), and demonstrate the reality of our faith by holy living?which is simply living according to the will of our Lord or allowing the truth we have received about Him to govern how we live before God and men.
Daily devotions are from the book “Footprints of Faith” edited by Dr. Alan Cairns.
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