If Christ reconciles all things, why doesn’t everyone believe? (Colossians 1:20)


Colossians 1:15 - 23

ESV - 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him.

Clarify Share Report Asked August 19 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Even among humans on earth, reconciliation is not a one-sided process. It implies the willing participation of all parties. It also makes demands of all those parties. And, even if a reconciliation is achieved, it can be broken at any time by further actions of one or more of those parties.

In Christ's incarnation, atoning death, and resurrection, God has done all that He can as a part of that process by making it possible for humans (even while universally in a state of spiritual enmity to Him) to reconcile themselves to Him through faith on their part. And -- as Paul indicates in the cited passage (Colossians 1:23) -- the corresponding response on the part of believers is that they "continue in [their] faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel."

August 20 2021 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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