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Colossians 1:20

Peace Through His Cross

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.

The subject of this verse is God the Father, the fullness of whom was pleased to dwell in His Son (v.19). God has made peace with the world through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross of Calvary. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" (Romans 5:1)

However, at the moment, this peace applies only to those who are in Christ, but the reconciliation of "all things unto himself" cannot be limited to only Christians. Mankind's constant struggle to overcome the forces of nature and to survive on this planet tells us something is not right. The whole of creation is out of balance ever since the curse of Genesis 3:17. And we are not the only one's who struggle with this fact, because everything that lives, from the simplest microbe, the tallest tree, the largest mammal, and every human, is under the curse of death and at enmity with God.

The reconciliation, which was made possible through the cross of Christ, is stated as though it has already been completed. Indeed, the work has been completed and it is now an inevitable event but will not be realized until the return of Christ. At that time, the earth will no longer be hostile to man, the tares will be removed from the garden, and everything wicked will have been cast into the lake of fire.

Christ is not the one doing the reconciling, nor is the object to reconcile all things to Him. God who hates sin is the one who is reconciling all things to Himself and is doing it through Jesus His most precious and dearly beloved Son. "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10)

This is the grace of God exhibited in all its glory. The creation deserves no peace with Him, deserves no favor from Him and certainly has no claim to the infinite love demonstrated toward us in the death of His Son. Yet, the plain truth is stated by Paul, "That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:21)

Jesus Christ is the way to the Father; Jesus Christ is the truth of the Father's love for you; Jesus Christ is the only source of eternal life. There is no fountain of youth, no scientific process and no other spiritual remedy that can guarantee eternal life instead of eternal condemnation. Choose life!

Before The Throne:

Have you been reconciled to God through Christ? In order to answer, "Yes," you must have been changed by the work of the Holy Spirit to love Him more than your own family and even your own life. Pray about your commitment to Him. Has He changed you, or are you just acting the part? He knows what is in your heart better than you do.

For Further Study:

** having made peace. Col 1:21-22; Lev 6:30; Ps 85:10-11; Isa 9:6-7; Ezek 45:17-20; Dan 9:24-26; Mic 5:2, 5; Zech 9:9-10; Luke 2:14; Acts 10:30; Rom 5:1; 2Cor 5:19-21; Eph 2:13-17; Heb 13:20-21; 1John 4:9-10; ** reconcile. 2Cor 5:18; Heb 2:17; ** things in earth. Eph 1:10; Phil 2:10;


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