Peace is the effect of reconciliation

Because in Him it pleased all the “plērōma” tr. fullness (also means: all of God’s divine nature, harmony, the totality of the spiritual universe, to be filled up, that which patches or fills in) to dwell, and through Him to “apokatallassō” tr. reconcile (bring back a former state of harmony; the prefix “apo” means “away from”) all things to Himself whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through His blood shed on the cross. Col. 1:19-20

This verse is part of a whole passage in Colossians that reinforces the identify and primacy of Christ as the full representation of God’s own nature, addresses His mission – reconciliation – and its effect on humankind. Everything in God’s being is focused on reconciliation. This passage leaves no room for a “bad cop – good cop” interpretation in which kind, gentle Jesus begs the angry Father to spare us. At some point the human condition was in harmony with God and restoring that condition is the mission. An effect of reconciliation is peace. Peace is a condition in which fear and conflict does not exist. And yet, so much prayer, study, preaching, and day-to-day life seems to be focused on guilt, conflict and fear within and without. Perhaps a greater sense of peace and reconciliation is available through focusing on Christ, accepting that reconciliation moves us away from guilt, fear, and conflict and into experiencing the state of harmony with God.

Thank you, Father, Christ, and Spirit for reconciling me into your fullness. Lead me deeper into that experience.