(Colossians 1:19-22) For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (His Son), 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. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
Isn’t it interesting that God’s plan of redemption is for all things both in heaven and on earth? The Old Testament (Isaiah chapter 11) talks about what it will be like when God’s plan is completed. He says things like “the lion will lay down with the lamb” indicating that there will be peace for all of God’s creation. We get to experience some of what is to come when we receive the peace that Christ brings to us through salvation.
Through faith in God’s Son we have become holy in God’s sight. We are without blemish and free from accusation before God. Jesus made this possible. God our Father never intended to be without us, and he has gone to great lengths to bring us back to himself. The guilt that we lived with when we were lost in our sins has been paid for. We are free! Our sins have been forgiven. Praise to Jesus our Lord and Savior.
The conclusion of God’s plan is still to come. This will include a new heaven and a new earth without evil. We will live in the full presence of God. However, there is still time for those who don’t know God to take advantage of the redemption that Jesus provided for all mankind. We, his children, are given the opportunity to share the good news of our redemption with those who are still lost in their sins. Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (See Matthew 9:37&38)