Scripture: Read Col 1:15-20.
Let’s examine another verse that has been wrongly interpreted by some. “And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross” (Col 1:20). Paul is not saying that all the fallen angels (demons) and all humans will be reconciled to Christ…as in being saved. Instead they will be pacified…as in settled in their place.
Paul is laying the groundwork so you will understand that “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him” (Col 2:15). Who are these “rulers and authorities”? These are well described by Paul in Ephesians 6:12 as the spiritual forces (demons) who have been given the right to deceive mankind because of man’s rebellion.
It is the Father’s good pleasure that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11).
I’m not satisfied with the English translations of Ephesians 1:10 because the Greek is saying that everything will be brought under Christ’s headship—all things in the heavens and the things on the earth. Dr. Harold Hoehner describes it best: “God’s purpose in Christ is to unite all things for Himself under one Head” (Pg. 221).
Jesus’ blood atoned for our sins and reconciled us to God, thus giving us “peace with God.” This ultimate peace is anticipated in Hebrews 2:8, “You have put all things in subjection under His feet. For in subjecting all things to Him, He left nothing that is not subject to Him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to Him.” It’s coming!
Christ gives you His peace, and He wants you to live under His peace (Jn. 14:27; Col. 3:15; Phil. 4:7). Not only does He give you His peace, He has ordained you into “the ministry of reconciliation” by helping others discover the beauty and power of living under Christ’s Lordship (2 Cor. 5:18). Amazing!
Question: Who in your circle needs an introduction to Christ’s peace? ____________________________
- Are you living under Christ’s gift of peace today? _______________________________________
- If perhaps your peace is disturbed, answer Jesus’ invitation, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).
- Peace comes from yielding everything to Jesus and relying entirely upon Him for your peace with God.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to use you in helping others discover Christ’s reconciliation today.