“He has now reconciled” (Colossians 1:22)
Do we even need to ask how wonderful this phrase is to the ears of those who are reconciled? I sure hope not. Sinners had no way of being reconciled in the sight of a holy, perfect, righteous God but this text says, “He has now reconciled” us and that he is the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the only mediator between God and men. “He has now reconciled” is the good news of the gospel.
What sweet music to our ears as we read of the reconciliation found in Jesus Christ. Reconciliation found in the perfect Son of God who has died the death we deserved to die and lived the life we could not live. Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” and “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col. 1:15, 19). Jesus Christ is the God-man. Only someone fully divine and fully human could be the mediator between God and men. Mediation was brought through the cross of Christ. Reconciliation was brought through the cross of Christ. He is the One through whom we are reconciled “making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:20). Through the cross sinners are brought to peace with God the Father. This is amazing news.
“He has now reconciled” means it is instant. This is not a gradual justification found in Christ but for those who place their faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross they are “Now” reconciled. “You, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death.” This is the clear teaching of Christ being our substitute upon the cross. The sinless One dies the sinners’ death in order to present sinners sinless. The purpose is “to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.” This is a humbling truth! We, as sinners, are imputed with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ so that we can be presented blameless and holy before our Father God. Only Jesus Christ could accomplish this reconciliation.
What does this theology mean practically?
For those who have not put their trust in Jesus Christ this news will mean nothing. You will still love sin more than submitting to a holy God. But the good news is that you have just heard the gospel again and that is such a grace from God to your life. He may be chiseling your stony heart right now. The gospel is the power of God until salvation therefore his power is the power to give a new heart. He says that those who humble themselves and repent of their sins trusting in him alone he will not cast out. God wants a broken spirit and a contrite heart from you. If you come with pride in your heart than you will not want to submit to God’s authority.
For those who know Christ what a great joy to be reminded that through Jesus Christ “he has now reconciled” us to himself. Be in awe of the cross. Stand in amazement that Jesus would come to this earth to die in our place as our substitute. Nothing is more humbling than being reminded of this reality. The gospel just grows sweeter in time as we realize the serious price that was paid for us. What a loving Father we have. All praise, honor and glory be unto him who has brought reconciliation to sinners like us.
Grace upon grace,