In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5.9).
As the Son of God, Jesus knows the blessing that comes from making peace with other people. He is quite aware of what goes into bringing hostile parties together.
Paul described the process of peacemaking and wrote, “through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross
“And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
“He has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him” (Colossians 1.20-22).
Rudy Ross has a good explanation of reconciliation in today’s YouTube video that we produced together.
One definition of reconciliation that is helpful is “to transfer from a certain state to another which is quite different, or to reconcile.”
Our state before the crucifixion and resurrection was to be “dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world,
“Following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2.1-2).
After receiving the grace of God, we are now “alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2.5-6).
Reconciliation is worth the cost.
Paul stated both God’s joy and the cost of reconciliation.
Colossians 1.20 – God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
God deeply desired to transfer us from “the domain of darkness to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1.13).
Even though it cost him the shed blood of his dear Son on the cross, the Bible says “God was pleased.”
He was pleased with Jesus’ obedience, and he was pleased to see his enemies become friends.
In Luke 15, there are three parables that defend Jesus’ outreach to people who were unacceptable to the religious authorities. In each instance, Jesus pointed out how “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15.10).
Praise God that he is pleased to become our friend.
Response and Responsibility
Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15.14).
A backstabbing “friend” is no friend at all. We become friends with Jesus through his work and our response to it.
The Christian life is a walk that involves two friends living together in a faithful and trusting relationship.
Jesus has demonstrated his friendship toward us, but the question is what about our friendship with him?
Colossians 1.23 . . .Provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a minister of this gospel.
There is a crucial point in a marriage ceremony when the minister says, “I pronounce you husband and wife.”
Two single people stand before the minister before that declaration. Afterward, they are a married couple.
Christian conversion is like the marriage ceremony. Before we commit our lives to Jesus, we are apart from God. After we meet the Lord, we are his friend.
Marriage is far more than a ceremony. The ceremony gets real married life started. The rest of the relationship depends on the couple’s faithfulness to each other.
That is Paul’s point in verse 23. We rejoice in what God has done for us, but we also work to maintain our part in the relationship.
Rudy Ross has an excellent explanation of reconciliation in today’s YouTube video. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will appreciate Rudy’s insights.
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