Colossians 1:15-23 (ESV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Christ is the Lord of all. If there was any doubt, this passage from Colossians clears it up. I don’t know how anyone could read this and believe anything (or that it says anything) else. I am very grateful that He has granted me the gift of reconciliation. Blameless, above reproach, this is our status when we are in Christ.
What is our responsibility now? We are commanded to share the love of God with others. We are commanded to go to all people and disciple them. To teach them all that Jesus taught us. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would be with us, never leaving us, leading us into all righteousness, and reminding us of what Jesus taught. We have the Scriptures, and whatever we think we believe must be compared to what the Scriptures teach, because the Holy Spirit breathed the Word into the apostles who wrote the Word down.
We must study the Scriptures, to understand them properly. There are many passages in the Scriptures that if we take them out of context, appear to say one thing, but when kept in the context of surrounding passages, and indeed, the entire Bible, say something else.
Spend time looking up related passages to this one above: John 1:1-18; 1 John 1:1-10; etc.
My prayer is that each of us would realize how great a salvation Christ has given us. We should be on fire for God. We should be sharing His love with all we meet. Give all the glory to God in Jesus.
by Virgil Stripes
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