Reconciliation to a Known God   Leave a comment

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

This verse from Colossians set me thinking that nothing in the circumstances we face or in the life and relationships we experience can take away from this, We can trust an unknown future to a known God. He has not left us orphans He has left His Word to tell us of Himself and His Spirit to lead us as we seek Him in His Word.
One of the major flaws in Liberal thought is its insistence on uncertainty, it insists that God cannot be known, when it is explicit in the text from Colossians that God came to us, in Christ Jesus and made Himself known. God can be known, and not in a mystical sense, but in a very real way, the way of faith and trust in His Word that cannot even remotely fail us. Some say “The Bible is all a matter of interpretation” Well there are some hard verses one maybe would need a preacher to expound, but for the most part it a little child can understand it.
As simple as “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so” That is profound, it implies trust in God’s Word as infallibly true and worthy of trust and it states very plainly that God in the person loves us so completely that he died for our sins upon the cross. That is profound. And also simple, maybe that is why we miss it most times, we think its more complicated than it really is, when really its our unbelief that causes us to doubt. Doubt and fears are the whips of the devil to persuade us that we need more than Jesus. To believe simply in Jesus and the fact that He is God come to man, is a heavenly thing, we know rules, the law brings us rules, but Grace is a heavenly thing.
And we need the simplicity of faith to see this with our heart and mind. God engages our mind in this to, we need to understand that Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” The Gospel needs to become “our Gospel” Luther makes a couple of things clear in his commentary to the Galatians, he says simply, “many break their heads in trying to understand God apart from Christ, and to encounter God apart from Christ is an awesome and fearful thing.
But then this magnificent truth comes shining through in the text. “19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
God is not unknown to those who look to Christ, Look to Christ leave your fears and despair at the footsteps of the cross and enter into the Joy of the Lord. It is sweet liberty to have this knowledge in your heart and mind, and that is God in Christ has reconciled and made peace with you, with me personally. So next time you would be tempted with despair remember this stanza from a old hymn…

And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us.

The prince of darkness grim,

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

For lo! his doom is sure;

One little word will fell him.

We can face a unknown future because we have a God who has made Himself known.

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Posted May 25, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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