|Colossians 1:13-20 |
13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son;1 [where you are raised up together to sit with Christ in heaven. See the Footnote below to read George Fox's account of his translation into the kingdom with the righteousness of God, the peace of quietness with unquestionable assurance, and inexpressible joy. From the Word of the Lord within: "You can live in heaven and still walk the earth." As George Fox ministered on the earth, he was translated to paradise; and then he lived in paradise.]
14 In whom we have redemption, the release from the bondage of sins2 through his blood;
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
16 For by him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by him and for him;
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 He is the head of his body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell in him;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, to reconcile by him [Jesus], all things to himself [the Father]; by him [Jesus], I say, whether they are things on earth, or things in heaven.3 ["And when all things are subdued to him, then will the Son himself also be subject to him [God] who put all things under him, that God [the Father] may be all in all." 1 Cor 15:28. All things include all men and women.]
3 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, to reconcile by him [Jesus], all things to himself [the Father]; by him [Jesus], I say, whether they are things on earth, or things in heaven. Jesus died so all persons will be reconciled with God; but each person must first experience the painful removal of sin because reconciliation can only occur between pure objects; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14. All will be reconciled to God: the few who are crucified, purified, and perfected while on earth with great reward; and the many who are purified in Hell. "Therefore because the disobedience of one man led all men to condemnation; even so one man's act of righteousness exculpates (pronounces not guilty of offences) all men to right standing with God and righteousness of life." Rom 5:18. "We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe." 1 Tim 4:10.
All things in heaven and earth are reconciled to God through and by Christ — except Satan, who was the original rebel, and who deceived all others.