UNIVERSAL RECONCILIAITON BY THE NUMBERS
This is the passage that caught me off guard and changed the way I see things. I was doing some research for my webbook, Undressing Orthodoxy, and I found myself on a Universal Reconciliation website. I knew about UR and was going to click right out of the site knowing that what I was looking for would not be there.
Something stopped me, however, and I clicked on a tab that caught my eye. There it was: a passage of scripture that was very familiar to me, as a matter of fact, it was among my favorites (and still is). A recurring word was accentuated throughout by enlarging the font and changing its color. It looked something like this:
I have said that it hit me like a lightning bolt! Could this be? The message was so clear and explicit. How had I missed it through all the years of study. Is everyone and everything reconciled to God in the end? Is that what God is trying to tell me? I wept at the implications of this revelation that God will reconcile all things to Himself having made peace through the blood of the cross. Christ’s atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2) is effective completely! The billions of people whom God loves and for whom Christ paid the highest price, yet whom I saw as lost, are NOT!? Praise God!
In our last post, The Mystery of His Will, I mentioned an event, beyond which we know nothing. I said that it seems to exist in the farthest reaches of the future, that it is a wonderful event and that it seems to be the culmination of everything God has planned since before time began. I am talking about when Christ submits Himself to the Father and God is all-in-all. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
Three passages of scripture, in particular, deal with that event: Ephesians 1:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 and Colossians 1:15-20 (the passage we are dealing with here):
Colossians 1:15-20 (Please refer to the image above.)
- Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. His authority is established.
- Everything in heaven and in earth was created by Him.
- Everything visible and invisible was created by Him.
- All thrones and dominions were created by Him.
- All principalities and powers were created by Him.
- All these things were created through Him and FOR Him. It is all His, created for His purpose.
- He is before all things – His order of superiority is beyond question.
- In Him all things consist – in Him all things hold together. He is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.
- Christ is the head of the body, the church (the world-wide body of believers), which is the beginning of God’s plan, the first to be raised – never to die again.
- In all things, He has the preeminence, the superiority and the dominance.
- In Christ dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). Everything God is, is in Christ.
- It seems, God, establishes Christ’s resume of power and authority in order to assure there would be no question as to His preeminence in making peace through the blood of the cross and, having done so, reconciling all things to Himself.
- It certainly seems clear that the “all things” which are to be reconciled are the same “all things” that were created by and for Christ, visible and invisible, thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers.
Now that we know that the power and authority to reconcile all things unto God exists, lets address what it means to reconcile.
Reconciliation is bringing again into unity, harmony, or agreement what has been alienated. According to Biblical teaching, there is need for reconciliation between God and [humanity] because of the alienation between them which has as its source human sin and His righteous aversion to it and hatred of it on the part of God. J. Hastings, ed., art. “Reconciliation,” A Dictionary of the Bible (1902), IV, 204-207
So, it seems to me the message is explicitly relayed in the passage that not only does the power exist, but it is in God’s good pleasure to reconcile all things to Himself. It has been His purpose from the beginning and that the will and purpose of God is an unstoppable force (Isaiah 45:23; 46:9-10, 11b; 55:11).
The passage does not go into detail regarding how, where and when this reconciliation will be completed, but we know that it has begun. The very next verse says, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled,” (Colossians 1:21 KJV)
ALL things will be reconciled to God. Praise Him.