It has been a long time since I discussed this verse (passage) of Scripture so I just wanted to add a short post for the benefit of a few readers that I believe can use it most.
(Col 1:15) Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature,
(Col 1:16) for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him,
(Col 1:17) and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him.”
(Col 1:18) And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia, Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may be becoming first,
(Col 1:19) for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell,
(Col 1:20) and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens.”
(Col 1:21) And you, being once estranged and enemies in comprehension, by wicked acts, yet now He reconciles” Concordant Literal Version (CLV)
and compare a traditional version such as the ESV:
(Col 1:15) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
(Col 1:16) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
(Col 1:17) And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
(Col 1:18) And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
(Col 1:19) For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
(Col 1:20) and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
(Col 1:21) And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
In Christ, verse 19, the fullness of God dwells, or the entire complement of God, all of God. And, through Jesus, God reconciles to Himself ALL things, everywhere. And as He does this, peace is made through the blood of the cross, peace between God and His creation (ALL THINGS). For too many years I had blinders on and did not receive the truth that Paul was proclaiming here in these verses. But, now the blinders are off and I see the glorious truth being proclaimed. God will never settle for saving some, or in Paul’s words here, God will never settle for reconciling some to Himself. No, this would never do for an almighty, loving God who said that He created everything at it was good. Even in creations’ corruption, God still sees the good and has been executing His plan for reconciling back ALL things to Himself. The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus has, is, and will save all mankind, AND all the rest of creation as well that needs to be saved and redeemed. Why? Because, it is God’s will that this happens. How are we to be sure that Paul meant ALL THINGS? In verse 20 Paul says that ALL will be reconciled to God, whether on earth or in heaven!
To me, and I hope to you, this passage brings an immeasurable hope fro the future of you and your loved ones. If your Gospel lacks this inclusiveness, if it lacks even one person being ultimately reconciled to God, then the “good news” you have been proclaimed, or that you proclaim to others is not THE GOOD NEWS. It is, in fact, terrible news, because it means that you cannot trust a word of the Bible, a word that proceeds from the mouth of God, so to speak. Think deeply about these things and allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of your mind with the truth of Colossians 1:15-21!
Blessings to you and love in Christ Jesus our Lord!