Colossians 1:15-20 (KJV)

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 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.

Before we knew Jesus Christ, our life was full of godlessness and wickedness–we had self-seeking ways and stubborn, unrepentant hearts (Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 8).

Like our strife-filled world, we clamored for peace and tried to find it, but our efforts failed.

When we came to faith in the Savior, all of that changed.

We were rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into Christ’s kingdom (Col 1:13).

Every one of our sins–past, present, and future–was forgiven.

Divine justice was satisfied by Christ’s sacrifice, and God’s wrath upon us was removed.

We became a new creation, washed clean by Jesus’ blood (2 Cor. 5:17).

Now that sin’s power over us has been broken, we can live in accord with God.

He sent His Holy Spirit to be our personal guide in this new life, helping each of us experience Christ’s peace (Rom. 8:6).

We also can look forward to an eternity spent in heaven, where righteousness, tranquility, and joy abound (Rom. 14:17).

The story of the prodigal son’s return is a picture of our reconciliation with the Lord (Luke 15:11-24).

The son had chosen to leave his father, living instead to please himself.

Repentant, he eventually returned home; his father joyfully greeted him and forgave him, and there was harmony between them.

God has done all this for us.

Our unity with the heavenly Father came at a great price–the sacrifice of His only Son.

Christ gave His life for us so that we could be reconciled to God (Col. 1:20).

Christian lives are to testify that Jesus is the source of our peace.

Does your life communicate this message?

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