Jesus Paid It All – Colossians 1:20-22

   The verses in Colossians that we concentrated on in the last issue (Colossians  1:15-19) talk about Christ’s relationship, or His position, relative to God, Creation, and the Body of Christ.  Since Christ is a full member of the Triune Godhead, He alone is as righteous and holy as the Father and Holy Spirit.  Since Christ is our Creator, we are accountable to Him.  This creates a problem since we are all guilty sinners before our Creator-God. 

   God can only accept those who measure up to the perfect righteousness and holiness that He personifies; none of us do (Romans 3:23), which means God cannot accept us as we are, and, because we “are dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1-3), we cannot do anything of ourselves to attain to God’s holiness and righteousness (Galatians 2:21).  Each one of us has rebelled against the Creator to whom we are accountable.  If left to ourselves, every one of us would stand before Him guilty and condemned (Romans 3:19). 

   Thankfully, Christ also serves as our Redeemer.  He willingly took on flesh to propitiate (appease) the Father’s just wrath toward our sin.  Colossians 1:20 says Christ made “peace through the blood of His cross” (See also Romans 3:25).  Much has been said in the media and amongst our neighbors and co-workers lately about the lack of peace in our country ...

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