Reconciliation.

 


Colossians 1:15-20 reads;

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the per-eminence.  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

This undoubtedly, unquestionably and unequivocally is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and despite what is preached over the pulpits of denominated buildings, there is no bad news contain therein. People can bad mouth God all they want by making Him out to be a sadistic torture monster who takes delight in punishing His creation but, in Him there is no badness!

What is the Good News of the Gospel...God will reconcile ALL things on earth and ALL things in heaven through Jesus Christ having made peace through the blood of His cross. Jesus is the only way to God, He is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Christ...and He has assured the reconciliation of ALL...Oh what a Savior.
Is there any doubt whatsoever that the word ALL here can mean something other than ALL...without any exceptions? Paul, repeats the word ALL seven times before coming to the key verse, which says that God will reconcile ALL things to Himself through Jesus Christ. 

It is this GOODNESS OF GOD THAT LEADS MEN TO REPENTANCE!

If you believe verse 16, that Jesus Christ created ALL things in heaven and on earth, then you have no option but to also believe verse 20, which says that Jesus Christ will reconcile to God the Father, the same ALL things that He created, thus making peace with ALL of His creation because of Christ's work on the cross and His subsequent resurrection.

Now please tell me...if you believe in endless torment of most of God's creation in a religious torture chamber of hell for ever, does it not follow that you do NOT believe in Colossians 1:15-20.

The doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell fire, and the truth of the reconciliation of ALL things through Jesus Christ to God cannot both be true. The doctrine of eternal punishment in hell fire cannot be reconciled with the Colossian passage, without adding to or taking away from its clear meaning.

Does that mean God is not against sin; Of course not, He despises sin and its power over people and God’s power, love and righteous judgement will break all rebellion of men in His time and in His order and His goodness will lead them to repentance.


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