Reconciliation - Colossians 1:15-22

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he spends a good bit of time explaining who Jesus Christ is and who we are in relation to Him. In our passage today, Paul focuses on the supremacy of Christ and His relationship to God the Father.

In this wondrous description of Christ, we are focusing on verses 19-22. It was the Father’s “good pleasure” to reconcile all things to God (vs. 19-20). We have a tendency to think of our relationship to God as one of salvation. Yes, God offers salvation. But our relationship is multi-faceted. It’s not just salvation from sins; it is also reconciliation. Why did we need to be reconciled? The answer is in verse 21. We, all of us, were alienated from Him and hostile to Him and actively doing evil. We were God’s enemies (Rom. 5:10).

How amazing is God! While we were His enemies (not rebellious children – enemies) He sacrificed Himself in order to reconcile us to Him (v. 22a). He died for us, His enemies. Be careful how you talk about Christ’s sacrifice. He did not die for us just so we could spend eternity with Him. It is so much more than that! He died for us so that we can stand before God, holy and without blame (sin), and free from accusation (v. 22b).

Thoughts to Ponder
Read through verses 15-18 several times. What are some descriptions of Christ that stand out to you? Spend some time praising Jesus Christ for who He is.

Sometimes we get so comfortable with our life in Christ that we forget we were once His enemies. Spend some time thanking God the Father for sending His Son to reconcile us. Remember, that if it were not for Christ’s sacrifice we would still be God’s enemies.