Coney Hill Baptist Church

Demonstrating God’s Love Together

A New World Order

Colossians 1:15-23

Intro:

Part of a bigger story…

In coming to church week by week we have the opportunity to do at least 2 things, the same 2 things we seek to share with others in opportunities like the ‘Tent Event’.

-         to understand our own lives better, to find meaning, sustenance, encouragement, help, support, healing: to allow our own circumstances to be impacted by the power and presence of God.

-         To understand the world, of which we are a part. How we can make some sense of the frequent turmoil, suffering and chaos we see around us? How we might see some pattern and purpose to it?

Both of these things come under that 1 theme we’ve been looking at – Reconciliation:

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 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.” 

 

Reconciliation to …

The big story is one of coming home. The prodigal son writ large. Being restored to God (Father) ‘ Himself’…

Jesus task is to head up the church in this reunion…

 

Reconciliation of…

But what is being reconciled? That’s the big news of this passage – everything!

‘All things’ – Heaven and earth, that is spiritual and secular. Visible and Invisible (v.16), that is physical and emotional.  Making a difference to both the powerful and powerless.

Life is a peach and not an orange! It’s a single whole, equally present to God, not a number of segments some of which He is more interested in than others.

The grandeur of the universe, the complexity of the world, the practical particularity of the details of you and me.

Cosmology, environmentalism, psychology – it’s all there, in ‘all things’.

 

Reconciliation how…

Making peace – in your head and in the world. In our minds and attitudes as well as our circumstances.

Making Holy (v.22) – making good your weaknesses, restoring, through the work of the cross – again, in every part of our lives, as in Leviticus; disease, relationships, weights and measures, truth-telling, eating, sharing…

 

Conc. - Reconciliation, if…

What’s to do? (v.23)

If, we continue in faith; persevering, sometimes with the mundane and the struggle…

If we maintain hope, not always easy, but always justified.    Then our role in that big story, of homecoming, will be clear, and the ending secure.