Colossians 1:20 (NLT) "and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross."
Today, we reach the end of Paul's hymn about the Supremacy of Christ.
Yesterday, we learned that the fullness of God dwells with Jesus Christ.
Today, Paul shifts the spotlight from who Jesus is to what Jesus did.
Join us as we examine the Greek word "reconcile" and what it means for your relationship with God.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, we come to the last verse of Paul’s hymn in Colossians chapter one. Yesterday we discovered that ALL of God dwelled within Jesus Christ. In today’s verse, Paul shifts from who Christ is and points a spotlight on what Christ did.
He says in verse 20, and this is from the NLT today, “and through him (Christ) God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross."
A false teaching gaining a foothold in the church at Colossae preached that there was more you had to do to have eternal life with Christ. But Paul makes it very clear here that the only thing you had to do was believe in Christ’s work on the cross.
Christ’s whole purpose was to reconcile us back to the Father. The Greek word for “reconcile” means “to change” or “exchange.” In this context, it refers to a change in the sinner’s relationship to God. And Paul intensifies this word “reconcile” to indicate the totality and completeness of reconciliation not only in man but in the entire creation – heaven and earth.
And Paul writes that God made peace by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. There is nothing else that you can do. There is no religion powerful enough or no man persuasive enough to save you . Only Jesus Christ and him alone.
So, your Simple Truth for today: In verses 15 through 20, Paul declares the deity of Christ with these statements. He is the image of the invisible God. He is firstborn over all creation. He created all things. He is before all things. He holds all things together. He is Head of the Church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead. In him, all the fullness of God dwells. And through Him all things are reconciled to God. Now, that’s a list worth memorizing and meditating on. And whenever anyone asks you who Jesus is, you now know exactly where to open your Bible and teach about the God you serve.
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