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February 19th, 2018 - Col 1:19-21

                   Daily Devotional <> February 19, 2018 <> Monday

                   Reconcile all things to Christ <> Colossians 1:19-21

                         Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   All fullness dwells in Christ. The word here for dwell means to dwell permanently,” & not just simply to visit temporarily. V:19 is connected with V:20; as follows: “For it pleased the Father by Him (Christ) to reconcile all things to Himself <> having mad peace through the blood of His cross.” In other words, it was not only the Godhead's good pleasure that all fullness should dwell in Christ (V:19) but also that Christ should reconcile all things to Himself.

   There are two reconciliations mentioned in this chapter; (First) The reconciliation of things (V:20) (Second) the reconciliation of persons (V:21). The first is still future, where the second is past for all those who have believed in Christ.

   Reconciliation: To reconcile means to restore to a right relationship or to make peace where before there was hostility. The Bible never speaks of God needing to be reconciled to man, but always of man being reconciled to God. The carnal mind is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7), & because man needs to be reconciled.

   When sin entered the world man became separated from God. Man adopted the attitude of hostility towards God. So, that means man needs to be reconciled.

   One of the purposes of the death of Christ was to make possible the reconciliation of persons & things to God. In order to do this, He had to remove the cause of hostility & alienation. This He effectively did by settling the sin question to God's entire satisfaction.

   The scope of reconciliation is indicated in Colossians 1, as follows: (First) All who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are already reconciled to God (V:21). Christ's reconciling work is sufficient only to those who accept it.(Second) Eventually all things will be reconciled (V:20)

   Paul reminds the Colossians that reconciliation in their case was already a fact. Before their conversion they were wicked people (Ephesians 4:17, 18) They desperately needed to be reconciled, & the Lord Jesus Christ, in His matchless Grace, had taken the initiative.