“And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
“having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
“Made peace” means to establish harmony. Jesus put an end to the disturbed relations between God and man. He restored due relations between man and God. Before we came to trust Christ we were God’s enemies because of sin. Jesus destroyed the enmity between God and man by his work on the cross.
It is the work of Christ on the cross that “pleases God” (v.19). At the payment for sin, resurrection and ascension “all the fullness” (v.19) dwelt in him.
God’s enemies will become God’s friends by faith in Christ. Jesus is the mediator of reconciliation. He brings the believer into the peace of God and into his favor. All creatures, whether men or angels, will be brought into subjection under his rule. They will be placed in subjection to Christ. He will bring them under one head. When we place our faith in Christ we enter into his “fullness.” His life becomes our life. We enter into union with him. He is the heir of God; we become joint-heirs with him. We enter into his priesthood, destiny and kingdom. We share with him all these things.
The precious blood of Christ was of sufficient magnitude and of such eternal value to God that he could forgive sin for all eternity. This was done in a manner consistent with his holiness.
“He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself,” (Heb. 9:26).
God does not hurl us into a Christless eternity because we sin but because we reject the one who paid for sin,
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God,” (John 3:18).
The “blood” means the cross. The cross means the death of Christ. He did not make peace through the Golden Rule or the greatest truths concocted by man. The blood-death of Christ is the only sufficient payment for our sins (Eph. 2:13; Heb. 10:19; I Pet. 1:2; Rev. 7:14).
The person and work of Jesus Christ as the God-man reconciling the world to God flies in the face of pluralism.
The Lord Jesus Christ differs from all other members of the human race. He is true man and undiminished deity. He is the Creator of the universe and he in his humanity gave his life for the sins of the world. His primary work is to reconcile man to God. Jesus made it possible for man to fellowship with God.
The cross eliminates human merit, personal worth, morality, character and religion as the hope of salvation. If we depend on our merit, works or religion we will be bitterly disappointed when we face God one day. Peace is made through the blood of Christ. The state of hostility between man and God cannot break down by the relative righteousness of man. Man is naturally estranged from God, “The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies” (Ps. 58:3). Man does not have the inclination or bent to find God.
God is very narrow-minded about the way to himself. It is only through salvation in Christ (Acts 4:12). He will not accept us if we try another way. The armistice was signed in blood by the cross. No longer is there a barrier between a person who wants a relationship with God. All we need to do is trust Christ’s death on the cross as sufficient payment for our sin. Any one, no matter the color of their skin, can come to God through the death of Christ.