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."
made peace through the blood of His cross" means
that by His paying the penalty on the cross for our sin,
peace has been made between God and the sinner.
"By him to reconcile all things unto himself."
Reconciliation is toward man; redemption is toward God.
God is saying to everyone today, "I am reconciled to
you. Now will you be reconciled to Me?" This is the
decision we must make!
Paul explains this very clearly in his letter to the
Corinthians. "And all things are of God, who hath
reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given
to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God
was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by
us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to
A great many people have the idea that they must do
something special to win God over to them. Well, they
should be putting the shoe on the other foot so to
speak, because they have it all wrong! God is trying to
win them over to Him! God is reconciled ~ He is asking
people to be reconciled to Him!
"Whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."
Notice that Paul limits the "all things" that are
appointed to reconciliation. He doesn't mention things
under the earth. In Ephesians 1:22 it says, "And hath
put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the
head over all things to the church." What are "all
things" that are going to be put under His feet? In
Philippians, Paul wrote, "That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things
in earth, and things under the earth" (vs 2:10).
Notice that all things are going to acknowledge the
lordship of Jesus Christ ~ all things in heaven, in
earth, and under the earth. That doesn't mean that they
are all reconciled. Paul makes no mention of things
under the earth being reconciled to God.
Things in heaven and in earth are reconciled to God, but
not the things under the earth. The things under the
earth will have to bow to Him, but they are not
reconciled to Him at all. This is the place and this is
the life in which we need to be reconciled to God!
"Things in heaven" ~ not only means we be made ready for
heaven, but heaven must be made ready to receive us. The
Lord Jesus said, ". . . I go to prepare a place for
you" (John 14:2). By the Incarnation God came down
to man; by the blood of Jesus man is brought up to God.
This blood also purifies things in heaven according to
Hebrews (see 9:23-24). Heaven must also be reconciled.
We can have peace with God and be reconciled to Him by
accepting Christ, who died in our place. Is there a
distance between you and the Creator? Be reconciled to
God ~ come to Him through Christ Jesus!
"Lord Dictated Them"