Colossians 1:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 1:22, NIV: But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--

Colossians 1:22, ESV: he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Colossians 1:22, KJV: In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Colossians 1:22, NASB: yet He has now reconciled you in His body of flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

Colossians 1:22, NLT: Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

Colossians 1:22, CSB: But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him--

What does Colossians 1:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Though the Colossian believers were once evil in thoughts and actions, Jesus' death in a human body provided the sacrifice necessary to restore them. Paul has just mentioned reconciliation through Jesus in verse 20. There, Paul emphasized the blood and the cross. Here, he focuses on the death of Christ, with both verses speaking of the same sacrificial act.

Three reasons are given for Jesus to suffer a violent death. First, Jesus died to present us as holy, which means "set apart." We cannot be holy without His sacrifice on our behalf. Second, Jesus died so we could be blameless. While we will still sin in this life, His sacrifice provides forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:8–9). Third, Jesus died so we could be above reproach. Paul spoke of being above reproach as a qualification for elders in the local church (1 Timothy 3:1–2). Here, however, the emphasis is on being "above reproach" in an eternal sense, based on what Christ has done, not our human efforts. The sacrifice of Jesus makes us right with God, something only He could provide.