Colossians 1:21 says you who were once alienated enemy of God in your mind by wicked works HE reconciled through the Body of Jesus Christ. God reconciled HIS enemy in Body of His flesh through death to present you Holy, Blameless and Above Reproach in HIS Sight. And so continue in the FAITH, grounded and steadfast in the hope of the GOSPEL you heard preached to every creature under heaven which I Paul became minister. It sounds in denial, Paul who persecuted Christians zealously until the Lord Jesus INTERVENED on his way to Damascus to write these words. Believers thought he faked Christianity to go undercover as mole to get more insider information to persecute them. It seems so bizarre to see Paul among his perceived enemies to convince them he was truly saved by Jesus just like them. In Acts 9:26-31 then Saul, arrived in Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples to meet with believers but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he truly repented as a born again Christian. Paul’s evil reputation and wicked works was publicly known, documented even during the stoning of Stephen. So it was a shock to Christians at first to, accept, trust or embrace him. They were all afraid of him and so did not believe he was really a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey saw the Lord Jesus and the Lord spoke to him and in Damascus he preached fearlessly in Name of Jesus. 28 Saul stayed with them, moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the Name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30 When believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him to Tarsus. 31 The Church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of PEACE and was strengthened. Living in Fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit increased in numbers. A hunter became hunted but rescued by believers who saved his life because God’s Hands was upon him for good works of the LORD. This verse highlights important point made in the text people’s sins separate them from God. In their own eyes saw themselves as “enemies of God in their own mind.” So they knew their actions were contrary to the love for others God’s LOVE required for even enemies. Since they didn’t express such love but practiced hatred, revenge of anyone joining Christ they also “saw themselves as God’s enemies. Romans says they persecute people in the Name of God convinced they are doing service for God. John 16:1-3 says they kill some people thinking they are doing God a favour. Nations went to battle without the Favour of God in Romans 8:37 when they desire but DO NOT HAVE so kill to take by force or coerce people to remain part of them. Families and communities feel abandoned or rejected when a loyal member gives their life to Jesus forever. They feel betrayed, harass, intimidate a person, cut off inheritance, blackmail or sabotage. They poison, beat up, torture such a person for their FREEWILL to be a Follower of God through Jesus Christ. After several attempts failed to trying to kill Sadhu Sunda Singh his father also became a convert to Christianity. Yet Sunda was once a staunch hater of Christians who taunted them during crusades and with his friends threw stuff at believers and burned Bible with kerosene. Separation anxiety and fear of others following too causes evil treacherous treatment of the believer. Jesus and the angels faithfully protected Sunda on numerous occasion of attacks. He was bound, beaten, stuck with slugs go suck his blood but God did save his life. He was thrown alive in the well locked with keys around waist of his enemy but God sent angels to unlock well, lower rope and rescue him among the decayed rotten victims in that well. He slept with a cobra unawares that kept him warm until daybreak only to run leaving his sari. He went back to recover it and the snake slithered away. One night Sadhu sat outside, a leopard came close to him so he took his hands, patted him and let him rest his head on his lap. What a miracle-working God we serve in Jesus Name. These testimonies proved God’s Divine protection cover but earned him as a worse enemies and thrown out of communities. The fear of losing followers drove many to mistreat him. He forgave all the people who beat him for having a bath as leaders did not do so. Mixing with them during harvest wheat from another faith. Miracles after miracle followed Sunda who loved Jesus after challenging him to prove himself if real and to give him peace in his heart or kill himself under train. Jesus heard his desperate prayer so rescued him. He was so impressed against all odds of his class, status and wealth declared his love for Jesus. His frenemies turned on him for joining believers they used to attack together. So he had to leave his hometown poisoned by his father for accepting Jesus as LORD and Saviour. He was saved after vomiting poisoned blood of snake poison and lived to the Glory of God to the Testimony of Jesus by the BLOOD of the lamb to defeat the enemy satan. The BLOOD of Jesus as the living Word of God cleanses evil from the body. Jesus said, if they drink poison or take up snakes it shall not hurt them in Jesus Name. God’s Goodness again and again proved in Sunda’s life all the way to Nepal, Tibet, India, Switzerland among others. Soldier supervised Jesus’ crucifixion of Jesus who pierced his side with the sword recognised POWER of God in Christ’s Resurrection. Longinus the Centurion Roman soldier, served in Judea under command of the Governor, Pontius Pilate. Our Saviour Jesus Christ was crucified by detachment of soldiers under command of Longinus, watched at Golgotha at the foot of Holy Cross. Longinus and soldiers as eyewitnesses of the final moments of the earthly life of the Lord saw great awesome miracles that appeared during His death. These events shook the centurion’s soul and so Longinus believed in Christ to confess before everyone, “Truly this is the Son of God” in Matthews 27:54. He carried out the execution with Roman guards. They led the Lord through streets of Jerusalem to Calvary’s hill, nailed him to Cross, and thrust the sword into side of the Saviour as crucifixion guard and maintained order. They executed or freed prisoner, torment physically, obey orders, didn’t have emotional stake in proceedings. Whoever was crucified any day as Son of God or wicked person meant nothing to them. As the hardcore soldiers had no sympathy, cold to Jesus, mocked Jesus, beat him 44 times minus 1 kicked him, spat on him, put thorns of crowns on His head. John 19:2-3 said the soldiers twisted crown of thorns put on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They struck Him with their hands. Luke 23:36 says the soldiers mocked Jesus, and offered Him vinegar to drink. This commander of the crucifixion guard is centurion in charge of hundred troops, delegated to make sure the crucifixion orders was carried out properly without any problems and reports to superiors. Jesus met earlier with a centurion, who desired to heal one of his servants in Matthew 8:5-10. Four legionaries there watched Son of God in John 19:23-24 so the soldiers after they crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and His tunic that was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. Crucifixion guards divide among themselves meager possessions of those condemned. As the Son of God hung naked for all to see and mock at, they cast lots for His seamless coat to keep as a souvenir. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for whose it will be as the Scripture is fulfilled, “They divided My garments among themselves And My clothing they cast lots for as the soldiers did. A centurion, touched by Jesus’ love for His mother’s care and prayer to God to “forgive them for they know not what they were doing,” accepted forgiveness. He never heard such prayer from cross by those crucified. In addition the signs that took place during the crucifixion in Matthew 27:51-54 “The veil of Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earthquaked and rocks split. 52 and graves opened and many bodies of the saints fallen asleep raised 53 came alive out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into Holy City appeared to so many. 54 The centurion and those with him guarding Jesus saw earthquake and things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God. He believed in Jesus’ innocence in Luke 23:47 the centurion GLORIFIED God, saying, “This was truly a righteous Man! Like a centurion earlier, Cornelius in Acts chapter 10, Longinus believed in the ONE TRUE GOD so GLORIFIED God. So Longinus became a devoted follower of Jesus transformed enemy after seeing Son of God hang on Cross impact enemy to change. Titus 1:15-16 says, To the pure all things are pure, but to those defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure their mind and conscience is defiled 16 thinking they know God but in works deny HIM so abominable, disobedient, disqualify all good works. Jesus gave HIS FREELY life without complaint and could call on Heavenly army to defend Him but did not. Without pleading for Mercy yet Roman soldiers cast lots for His sacred possessions point of contact to powerfully transform them to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Acts 2:36-38 says let all house of Israel know God has made this Jesus you crucified Lord and Christ. 37 When they heard this were cut to the heart so said to Peter and the rest of apostles Men and brethren what shall we do to be saved? 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” All who see themselves as enemy of God the GOSPEL’S GOOD NEW is repent and accept Jesus as LORD as Master because He does not hate you. Colossians 1:21-22 says, “you who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, now He has reconciled you 22 in Body of His flesh through His death and His Resurrection to present you holy, and blameless above reproach in His Sight.” In his Sight you are seen as God sees you created whole to fulfil His plans and purpose for your life destiny. Don’t listen to the voices in your head telling you that you are enemy of God, useless, worthless of no value to come to a Holy LOVING God. Once you accept Jesus all your sins are forgiven, cleansed by the BLOOD of Jesus to please God. The centurion began as a Roman officer overseeing a crucifixion, but ended the day acknowledging that Jesus was the Son of God. 2. 1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24 “The message of the Cross is foolishness to those perishing, but to all being saved it is POWER of God unto salvation. We preach Christ CRUCIFIED to all. To Jews it’s a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness 24 but to all those CALLED, both Jews, Greeks and all in Christ it is the POWER and WISDOM of God. And Longinus and other soldiers abandoned army to join Jesus Christ as followers it shocked his officers who felt betrayed so sent soldiers after him to kill him. He was advised to escape but knew it will cost the lives of those soldiers so instead surrendered asmartyr for Jesus Christ. Those who were once enemies of God turned their lives around to reconcile to God through Jesus redemption. So they came to their senses to realise GOD DID NOT SEE THEM AS HIS ENEMIES rather they saw themselves as enemies of God so cut themselves off from HIS Grace, Mercy and Compassion. Many think if they hate God then it means God Hates them back as humans do is not true. The Centurion sent to look for Jesus saw him alive with the disciples but will not be able to convince his superiors. So he defected from the human army into the army of the LIVING GOD. And this man hunter now hunted wo/men for God’s Kingdom. God is not like man whose emotions are up and down so punishes people for hating him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If MY people who are called by MY NAME, shall humble themselves, and pray, and Seek MY Face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. The wicked works people think makes them an enemy of God is promised to be FORGIVEN by God. So there is no excuse for holding on to wicked works thinking God has already condemned so there is no hope for your salvation anymore. The devil is a liar making you think you are too sinful for God to FORGIVE you. Also God PROVIDES food and rain and Sunshine to sustain those who hate HIM hoping and longing for them to repent and to turn from their wicked ways to love God as God LOVES them. God is patient, slow go anger so wants people to repent for their own good to be saved in Jesus Name. Everyone will give account of their lives as individuals to God even if the whole nation or community rebels against God. On the judgement day of WRATH of God there will be no cheer leaders ganging up to defend you before God if you put your trust or confidence in them. You stand accused alone but the BLOOD OF JESUS shed for you Sets you FREE by your FREEWILL choice to accept Jesus to escape hell. God says HE will destroy the whole nations after they destroy others. Pack mentality will not save you from God’s WRATH except the BLOOD of Jesus a LIVING SACRIFICE from GOD who paid ULTIMATE price to set you free. Paul, Sadhu, Longinus and other soldiers among others repented of seeing themselves as God’s enemies to be friends of God. Pray for yourself and friends and family to be delivered from stronghold bondage of ideas enslaving you to rebel against. God sees you as worthy of HIS LOVE so sent Jesus to die for you. Do not wallow in misery trying to fill void ONLY GOD IN CHRIST CAN FILL to give you PEACE beyond human understanding. Father God gives all HIS CHILDREN all thing asked for according to HIS will Jesus Name. So it’s necessary to intercede for God’s ‘enemy’ to help all understand God does not hate them for the TRUE WILL of God for all people to be saved. Once forgiven God esteems all above reproach for God does not keep a record of FORGIVEN sin. The Bible says as the East is from the West so has God removed sins and does not remember them no more. Forgive yourself and all others who wrong you in Jesus Name as Jesus Christ has already FORGIVEN all on Cross of Calvary.