by Wally Fry
Peace Through the Blood
“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,” Colossians 1:20.
If one really digs into this passage, a tough word picture quickly emerges. What does it mean, “Having made peace through the blood?” Many might look at these words and think it refers to some peaceful, easy feeling a person might get who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ. That in itself is true; we ought to have such a feeling. That is not the case here. This is teaching that God has literally made peace with us through the shed blood of Jesus. Why is this making of peace needed?
It is needed because in our naturally sinful states we are not only separated from God; in fact, we are in a state of being enemies of God! Repeatedly, God has declared himself to be literally at war with sinful man and his rebellion. That may sound tough, but it is true.
Here is another sobering thought. Even though God has reconciled all to Himself by Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, that does not mean all will be saved by this work. Some will still reject the peace offer that God has made and continue to reject and live at enmity with Him for eternity. Where do you stand? God is extending the olive branch of peace, and wants you to accept; He does not want to be your enemy. Have you made peace with Him?
JUST A THOUGHT: God can and will reconcile all creation unto Himself; that does not mean all will be saved.