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,
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
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’.