The Power of Grace Ministries

February 1

For it pleased the Father. We often miss the significance of the first portion of this verse. Our salvation, which rests entirely of Jesus death on the cross, was accomplished by God because it “pleased” Him. SO what was the true pleasure God enjoyed? The renewed one on one relationship He could enjoy again with His most precious creation; us. 

Colossians 1:19-20
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 

 At the beginning I wrote an overview on Colossians pointing out that Paul was making a strong stand against Gnosticism, and for the grace of God in the Colosse church. In Romans 3:10, Paul points to the word of God stating that there is none righteous not one person. Paul is quoting from Psalms 14:1-3, 53:1-3, & Ecclesiastes 7:20. Much like science you must first identify a problem or at least a target of study before you can solve the problem. On one hand it appears that most people do not understand that they are, and will forever be absent from God while in their own natural minds and personal abilities to live a righteous life for God. On the other hand those who do recognize that they are not in a right standing with God tend to fall back into working it out in their mind and actions after accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

 “For it pleased the Father”, is the most powerful statement in the argument for God’s love for all people. This substantiates the verse John 3:16 that many Christians today can quote, but may not fully understand the breadth of the verse. Where Christians also tend to lose understanding is in the second half of verse 19; “that in Him all the fullness should dwell”. Everything we believe must stand on Jesus since He was and is the only one capable of paying the sin debt for every person, past, present, and future. As additional proof of the deity of Jesus consider this; if I chose to go to the death chamber for my  friends crime of murder because of my deep love for him and wanting him to have a second chance, once dead how could I do the same for you if I loved you just as much. Jesus lives forever! Christians must understand that no human being could ever live up to the complete and perfect criteria of God except God Himself doing so through the flesh of His Son. Since God gave complete dominion over the earth to Adam, God spiritually could not go against His word and take over. The battle had to be done through “a man” that was capable of meeting God’s pure and perfect requirements. 

Verse 20 states just that; through Jesus, God has reconciled all things to Himself. In the KJV verse 20 starts out with the statement “having made peace through the blood of His cross”. This is the pivotal statement in all of verse 20 and should have been left in its original position for the NKJV. Romans 5:1 tell us we have peace with God through the blood of Jesus. The only way in the natural to have peace with God is to meet all of His righteous requirements; and that is naturally impossible. Peace with God can only come through complete faith in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.

The question always comes up; if God knows everything before it happens, why did He make man knowing that man would fail and so many would turn away from Him? In all my years of walking with God I have not met anyone who asks this question that has a true understanding of love and that God is love. Love is not selfish so if you have great love in your heart how can you show it and express it if you keep to yourself and NEVER see or talk to another person? God made man for true fellowship which is expressed through love between two or more people. True God had angels to talk to, but they were created as messengers and servants and do not have a free will. Think about this; which would you rather have a person choose to show you their love or a person that you make tell you they love you every day because they have to. Everyone will choose the first scenario because it means so much more for a person to love us out of their free will. Love is only real if it is from a free will. As I said earlier, God wants fellowship, He wants our love. Think about this; the more a person does for you out of their love for you, the more you love and appreciate that person. Man often has ulterior motives for showing love, but God’s only motive for showing us His love is because He is love. Do you want to bless God and show God that you love Him? The only way to show God that you truly love Him is accept His “FREE” gift of true salvation and stop trying to work for it or relying on your thinking and mental ascent to reach Him.