by Tony Nester

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A God Who Reconciles (6 of 18)
Tony Nester
Colossians 1:19-22

(Read Passage in NRSV)

What would you do if by some bit of magic you gained
supernatural powers - even god-like powers? If you
could see anything you wanted to see, what would you
look at? If you could have anything you desired, what
would you select to possess? If you had god-like power
what circumstance would you change?

In today's Scripture the Bible tells us that Jesus was
in exactly that situation. Not because of magic but
because he was the Son of God. Last week we listened
to Paul as he explained that Jesus was the exact image
of God. Listen to it again:

(Colossians 1:15-18 NRSV) "He is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; {16} for
in him all things in heaven and on earth were created,
things visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or rulers or powers--all things have been
created through him and for him. {17} He himself is
before all things, and in him all things hold
together. {18} He is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so
that he might come to have first place in everything."

Now today we come to verse 19 which sums this up in a
single sentence:
(Colossians 1:19 NRSV) "For in him all the fullness of
God was pleased to dwell..."

Paul is telling us that God put himself completely in
Jesus. All the fullness of God was PLEASED to dwell in
Jesus. That is, God delighted in dwelling in the heart
and mind and spirit of Jesus. Jesus gave God the
opportunity to walk among us and know us as we truly
are. God rejoiced in seeing the world through Jesus'
eyes, touching people through Jesus' hands, holding
infants through Jesus' arms, healing the sick through
Jesus' touch.

Jesus was everything God wanted a human being to be -
good, without sin, full of mercy, knowing truth and
walking truth, holy, righteous, full of the Holy ...

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