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 of the Day

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. 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 is deity, begotten and not made, eternally existing 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 lifeblood 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? No! Rather, we should die to sin and live from this day forward not to ourselves, but unto Him.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, the more I reflect upon the sacrifice of Jesus' life for mine, the more I am stunned by the enormity of what it means. That He should love me so much, that He would pour out His own lifeblood for me. I stand in awe of You and pray that I may live my life for You. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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