What Does Colossians 1:20 Mean?

and through him to reconcile the all things to himself -- having made peace through the blood of his cross -- through him, whether the things upon the earth, whether the things in the heavens.

Colossians 1:20(YLT)

Verse Thoughts

What an astonishing truth is wrapped up in this simple verse. Just as Christ was the One through Whom all things were made, by His mighty power, in the original creation, which was ruined through sin - so also that same Christ Jesus is the One through Whom the new creation is formed and made - and through that same Lord Jesus Christ, God is going to make peace with everything in heaven and on earth, by means of Christ's blood on the cross.

Christ in His humanity is the visible revelation of the invisible God - one Being with the Father, Who made heaven and earth and all that is therein. He was Pre-existent deity, begotten and not made, before the creation of the world –- and yet was born as a baby into His own creation. All the fullness of God dwells in Him. All His righteousness, all His merit, all His life – all His grace – and all we can do is glory in these mysteries of the truth that have been made known to us, by faith.

Life we are told is in the blood and it was His life-blood that was shed for many for the remission of sins. His BLOOD was poured out on the cross to reconcile everything back to God. His LIFE was drained at the cross for the life of all – His life was that crimson flood that drenched the mercy seat of God, to make a ransom for your life and my life and the life of all – He became the sin-substitute for your sin and my sin and the sin of the whole world.

We read that it pleased God to reconcile fallen man back to Himself through the sacrifice of the life of His dearly beloved Son – and it is all of grace. Nothing is required of us but to believe. Should we still live in sin?  is a question we should all face.  No; rather we should die to sin, and live from this day forward not to ourselves, but unto Him.

My Prayer

Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, the more I reflect upon the sacrifice of Your life for mine, the more I am stunned by the enormity of what is means – that You should love me so much that You would pour out Your own life-blood for me – I stand in awe of You and pray that I may live my life as unto the Lord, AMEN.

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