Chapter One, Lesson Five
HOLY AND BLAMELESS Page
** What does Paul tell us about the Father?
It was His "good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him
The term "fulness" is pleroma in the Greek and is referring
to divine powers and attributes. The Gnostic heretics of Paul's day
tried to divide up these divine attributes among various emanations
of their supposed gods. Paul is here correcting that heresy by saying
that it gave God pleasure to have all deity dwell in His Son - Jesus
** Does Scripture indicate anywhere else that God is pleased to have
all of deity dwelling in Christ?
Absolutely! - cf. Matthew 3:17 - Baptism of Jesus, Matthew 17:5 - Transfiguration,
John 17:5 - Upper Room Prayer, with Colossians 2:9 - "For in Him..."
V.20 ** Having established the deity of Christ, what does Paul
now say that the Father did through Him?
He reconciled "all things to Himself".
** What does the word reconcile mean?
apokatallasso - lit. "to reconcile completely"
Webster: "to cause to become friendly or peaceable again; to bring
into agreement or harmony."
** Why did we need reconciling?
We were separated from God by our sin!
cf. V.21 and Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:3 and 12
** Did the Father reconcile Christians only?
No - "all things" were reconciled through Christ.
That is every created thing (V.16). The need - cf. Romans 8:18-22, Genesis
3:17-18 and 5:29
Scripture looks forward to that time when all of creation will be reconciled
to God, even those things on earth or things in heaven. cf. Isaiah 60:19-20,
65:25, 2Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1
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