19 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." Colossians 1:19-20
I am loving the study of Colossians with my Good Morning Girls group. This was our passage this morning and I just had to share. Bear with me. I spent 10 years as an accountant after earning my degree with a major in this fun field (sarcasm intended:). My understanding of the word reconcile may be somewhat different than that of a non-accountant. Can we all agree we understand the meaning in terms of reconciling a check book? Even if we don't do it as we should? If you are still confused, I am talking about balancing, or trying to get an account to the balance that you KNOW it should be.
Whether it is an account on the books or a checking account, the premise is the same. You have to look at each and every number that is making up the current balance and take out what is not supposed to be there while adding numbers that are missing. In a check book this could be subtracting checks or other debits that were not written down and adding in deposits that were not written down. God did that when He sent his Son to die, declaring us reconciled to himself through the blood of Christ. He removed the sin debt and added grace.
The other part is easier to see in a standard accounting entry. If a number is entered into an account incorrectly, it has to be removed for that account to balance as it should. You cannot just take it out though, there has to be a balancing entry to move it to another account, or to wash it out. The blood of Jesus washes the sin from us, applies it to His account, and God's almight power destroys it. Amen? Amen!
Enough accounting. Just realize today what a precious gift we are given in the blood of Christ. It is nature as God created it to balance, and he reconciled us to Him through Christ's blood! Even if we don't totally understand it, you have to know it is sooooo good!
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