The past few Sunday’s I have been preaching from Colossians 1:15-23, likely an early devotional hymn about Christ used by Christ-followers during the Apostle Paul’s itinerant ministry. As I have looked at this passage I have been convicted by my own lack of spiritual depth. This past Sunday I was trying to express how the reconciliation achieved by Christ at the cross is more than just an individual, personal issue. Paul wrote, “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” (Col 1:19-20).
ALL THINGS… the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus begins the process of bringing the created order which prior to sin’s entrance into the world God had declared “very good” (Genesis 1:31). All that is going on in the world around us is part of God’s plan to bring His creation back to its original purpose of displaying His glory.
Because of God’s act of reconciliation in Jesus Christ we have confidence and courage to face the uncertain and unstable time in which we live.
Yes, my confidence in rooted in the truth of what God has provided me through the cross, but even more, I can trust God because in the cross this world though it seems out of control and headed for collapse-will ultimately be brought back to God’s purpose as an awesome display of His glory!