reImagining the Church: A New Reality

Christ and the All Things

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

Colossians 1:19–23*

Colossians is one of my favorite books of the Bible and this is one of my favorite passages. Here Paul speaks of the Gospel cosmic terms. Jesus’s work accomplished something monumental in all of history. He reshaped reality around his death and resurrection and ushered in the age of reconciliation.

Because of what Jesus did, all things in heaven and earth are being reconciled to God. The dawning of the Kingdom of God is so large that heaven and earth, and the fullness therein are being drawn back into a fulfilled relationship with God. I struggle to find the words to describe the way this changes things for me, but it does. Nothing is what it appears to be then. God is working in my backyard and across the globe right now, in ways we’ll never know.

In light of this reality, I wonder how does this change the way you and I understand the church? How does the church live as a community that has been reconciled and is declaring the work of God in Christ? Should the church look like something other than it does right now?

If nothing else we must look like a community that lives trusting in Jesus. Trusting that he has and will accomplish all that needs to be done to reconcile us to God, and that he has shown us what it looks like to live as sons and daughters of the Holy One. When we do this, we hold on to the hope that one day, God’s work will be completed and everything will be made right. God will wipe away all evil and injustice and those who have been reconciled to him through Jesus will finally understand what we were made to be all along.

*The “you” in the passage are plural in the original Greek. For a fresh reading of the passage substitute “y’all” for “you” throughout.

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