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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #4
Posted: August 10, 2007

COLOSSIANS 1:20-23

We continue our study of Colossians the theme of which I entitled “The Sufficiency Of Christ Alone”.  We turn our attention this week to Chapter One and verses 20-23 which says, And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself: by him, I say whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”

This section deals with ‘The Doctrine Of Reconciliation’.  I would like to study it under four headings; The Director, The Depth, The Demands, and The Definition Of Reconciliation.

In our study text the Lord will move from the heights of heaven to the depths of the cross.  In verse 20 we are confronted with ‘The Director Of Reconciliation’.  He mentions Christ four times in this verse alone.  We see Christ as ‘The Director Of Peace’ when Paul says that it is through the blood of the cross alone that we can have ‘peace’ with God.  The word means to make one of two warring parties.  We find also ‘The Directing Principle’.  He doesn’t need to be reconciled to us but we need to be reconciled to Him He has not moved but it is we who have gone astray.

In verse 20b we find ‘The Depth Of Reconciliation’.  There is a ‘Measurable Depth’ in His reconciling all things in the earth and heaven.  John says He will create a new heaven and a new earth. Why? Sin began in heaven not on the earth with Adam and Eve.  Sin began in the very heart of Satan.

He will make a new heaven and earth that will have the only marks of sin to be the nail prints and sword wound in Jesus.  In verse 21 we find the reconciling of ‘Mental Depth’. O how our minds because of the curse of the fall need the blood of reconciliation.  They are so filthy and love darkness more than light.  They can remember all the words of a joke but can’t remember a Bible verse.  There is also the ‘Moral Depth’ of reconciliation.  We see it in the words “…by wicked works,”  Sin leads to such deplorable and wicked works.  Sin can take a toll on man so quickly.  I read the story recently of Leonardo DeVinci’s painting of the ‘Last Supper’.  It took him many years to paint it because it was hard to find the faces for the different men at the table.  After a long search of years he found a gentleman in a choir in Rome suitable for the face of Jesus.  His name was Pietro Bandinelli.  Years later after a long search he found a hardened face beggar who seemed to make an excellent face for Judas.  After the painting and paying he asked the beggar his name to which he replied ‘Pietro Bandinelli’.  O how sin can take a man quickly from a face like Jesus to a face like Judas.  Thank God for the old rugged cross that transforms the most hardened sinners into Christ likeness.

In verse 22 we are confronted with ‘The Definition Of Reconciliation’.  We find here ‘The Defining Position’.  Christ will present us in His flesh.  We see there is also ‘The Defining Perfection’.  We will be presented holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in the sight of God.  He sees us not in our sinful state but the Father sees us in the Son.  What He believes to be true of His Son, He believes to be true of me.

In verse 23 we see ‘The Demands Of Reconciliation’.  Paul tells us there will be ‘faithfulness’.  The ‘if’ is not a possibility but a sure thing.  There will also be the demands of a ‘foundation’.  We will find ourselves settled, grounded, and unmoveable.  When I think of the great work of reconciliation by the blood of His cross, I exclaim with the song,

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small, Love so amazing, so divine, demands my heart, my life, my all’.

             

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