For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and 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.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)
God is a peacemaker. He is the source of peace. Any other peace apart from God cannot be trusted. God, having made peace through the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior, was pleased to reconcile all the people to Himself through the death of His Son. The procurement of peace is through the shed of blood of Christ on the cross. Reconciliation cannot be secured by any other way. Peace is not that which man makes with God. It is something which God has already made for man. The responsibility is up to us as sinners to accept Christ by faith.
Our Key Verse, written by the Apostle Paul to the Church of Colossae some two thousand years ago, captures this so well: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him and through him to reconcile to himself all things.”
We cannot talk about peace without talking about the incarnation of Jesus Christ, this Prince of Peace who came. The incarnation is God coming to us in human form while remaining fully God. The incarnation has reconciled all things to God so that we can enjoy perfect peace.
I submit that God provided perfect peace through the incarnation of Jesus Christ who is God Almighty in order to reconcile all things to Himself that we may fully enjoy our God.
This is the second in the “Enjoy Christ’s Fullness” series of blog posts and is written by Pastor Alick Kalonga, Executive Director of our Zambian partner, CEMFIN. Future week’s posts will come from our PEER family members in Australia and South Sudan.