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. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
I love this passage of scripture…what a great reminder that Christ is preeminent over all of creation. Everything was made by him, and everything was made for him. So it’s no wonder that Paul’s focus here is on reconciliation. The world at present is under a curse and is at odds with its creator; marred by man’s rebellion, it is “subjected to futility” and in “bondage to decay” (Romans 8:20). But from eternity past, God had declared that Christ would reconcile the creation to himself, “making peace by the blood of his cross” (v. 20). God has promised that one day, he will make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). The new heaven and the new earth—and all those who live in them—will once again enjoy unbroken fellowship with their Creator.
Even now, we have been reconciled to Christ (vv. 21-22). We can enjoy the first taste of what is to come! How foolish it is for me to forget the God who has reconciled us…in doing this, I spurn the beauty of the new life that he has called us to, both in the present and in the age to come. May we “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel” (v. 23), so that we may presented as “holy and blameless and above reproach before him” (v. 22)!