RECONCILING ALL THINGS

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:18-20

“For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19,20)

After the Fall (Genesis 3), all of God’s good creation was corrupted. Man’s relationship with God was broken. Conflict and division characterized human relationships. And the entire created order was affected by the sin of Adam and Even. This explains why we face the difficulties of living in this fallen, broken world.

But the good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is reconciling all things to Himself. This is possible because of His work on the cross. He made peace by the blood of His cross. Thus, reconciliation is possible now and one day all things will be reconciled to Christ.

Through Jesus’ work on the cross, it is possible for human beings to be reconciled to God — “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). Christ made peace with God possible by His atoning work.

Through Christ human relationships can be restored. We can be at peace with one another because of the work of our Savior — “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create to Himself one new man in place of two, so making peace and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (Ephesians 2:14-16). We have the ability to live at peace with one another because of the blood of the cross.

The entire created order eagerly awaits the return of Christ when all things will be restored by Him — “That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

The day is coming when all things will be reconciled to Jesus Christ. There will be new heavens and a new earth in which only righteousness dwells (II Peter 3:12). Then death will be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain (Revelation 21:4). All things in heaven and on earth will be reconciled to our Savior. I long for the day when Christ comes again and all things will be restored.

Lord Jesus, You are the fullness of God in every way. You are reconciling all things to Yourself. Thank You for reconciling me to God through the blood of the cross. Thank You that you make it possible for me to be reconciled to those with whom I have conflict. I eagerly await Your return and the recreation of the heavens and earth. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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