God’s Work of Reconciliation
Bible Text: Colossians 1:20-22 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Colossians 1:20-22: “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”
Man willingly separates himself from a Holy and Loving God through his sin (Genesis 2:8,9 and 15-17; I John 1:8 and Romans 8:7).
God graciously in love makes peace with us by reconciling sinful man back to Himself, solely through Christ’s work on the cross where He shed His blood to pay for our sins (Romans 5:10).
God never, at any time, had to be reconciled to man. God is always there, loving man. Man leaves God through sin and rebellion and God desires reconciliation (Genesis 4:7). God desired Cain to be reconciled and offered him reconciliation. Cain refused and walked away from God (Genesis 4:16 and Ezekiel 33:11).
God takes the sinner who has made God his enemy through his sin and God does all the work of reconciliation (Colossians 1:21). God must be the one to reconcile us and we must accept His free gift of reconciliation by faith.
We cannot have any part in our own reconciliation whatsoever!
We cannot be reconciled through our works. This is due to the simple fact that we have none (Romans 3:12). What we think would have value to God He sees as worthless (Ecclesiastes 1:1-4). Our very best efforts amount to rubbish (Isaiah 64:6). We truly cannot give God anything of value to Him (Isaiah 66:1 and 2).
We cannot reconcile ourselves by keeping Gods rules or Laws because we cannot keep them (Romans 8:3) when we fail at one, we are guilty of all (James 2:10). The Law only condemns (Romans 3:19 and 20).
Our religion cannot reconcile us back to God because God sees it as dung (Philippians 3:4-8). Our only chance at a true right standing with God comes from Christ’s faithfulness not our own (Philippians 3:9).
Praise God for the free gift of reconciliation solely through Christ’s work on the cross where He died my death in my stead for my sin.