Colossians 1:18-20 – Is peace really possible?

By Ryan West

He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:18-20

Jesus has made it possible to see peace in communities and lives that are full of chaos and brokenness.

Christ is exalted over all things. The work that He did on the Cross to reconcile everything to Himself established His everlasting glory and His lordship over all creation. Christ brought about this reconciliation by making peace through His blood. But we also know that we will not see the complete reconciliation of all things before He returns. In the meantime, He accomplishes His purposes and rule through us, the Church. Certainly, Jesus has made it possible to see peace in communities and lives that are full of chaos and brokenness.

Your Ministry To The Least Of These

We have the great opportunity to join the Lord’s work of reconciliation—restoring fallen people, relationships and communities. But this is only possible when the body of Christ answers the call found in Scripture to be agents of this reconciliation. God has spoken clearly to his people: we are to care for the poor, widows, orphans, those who are oppressed and other neglected neighbors. How are you doing this in your community? I would love to hear how you are seeing God use you to bring about the peace of Christ’s reconciliation in your community. Please give me a summary of your ministry ‘to the least of these’ in the comments below or contact me.

Published January 9, 2015

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Ryan West

J. Ryan West is the Team Leader of Mercy Ministry and Community Development at the North American Mission Board. He helps churches throughout the United States and Canada establish and conduct gospel-centered mercy and compassion ministries. He and his wife, Danielle, have three children and live in midtown Atlanta, GA.