For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)
Read: Colossians 1
Consider: Another attribute of the Blood of Christ is that through the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross believers are reconciled to God. At first sight this might seem strange. Some people drift through life unaware of the spiritual dimension to life; in their minds they don’t even think of God, let alone actively resist him. We have to acknowledge that many people are ambivalent to the claims of Christ. Does this provide them with an excuse? Is it only those who actively resist God who are to blame?
In James 4:4 it says: You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. When James uses the term ‘adulterous people’ he is not referring to those who are guilty of marital unfaithfulness. What he is referring to is the unfaithfulness of people in their relationship with God (see the book of Hosea for a vivid account of Israel’s unfaithfulness using Hosea’s marriage to Gomer as the illustration).
Paul in his letter to the Philippians says: For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things (Philippians 3:18-19).
So those who don’t think of God, together with those who actively resist God, in fact all of us are in a state of being God’s enemies and in need of reconciliation. Thankfully God took the initiative, allowing Jesus to die on the cross, so as to bring about reconciliation between God and mankind.
What then is the purpose of being reconciled to God through the Blood of Christ? Reading further in Colossians 1 it says: Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation (Colossians 1:21-22). So the purpose of reconciliation is to present us ‘… holy, without blemish and free from accusation’, something we could not do for ourselves.
As reconciled people, how are we to live? Reading in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians it says: All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Do you see that having been reconciled to God, you are now involved as Christ’s ambassadors in a ministry of reconciliation? This involves sharing the good news with others, in full confidence that God wants to use you as his mouthpiece in the world.
Pray: Father, thank you that the Blood of Christ reconciles us to you. Help us to act as Christ’s ambassadors in the world, sharing the good news in your ministry of reconciliation. Amen