Colossians 1:20-23

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The Work of Reconciliation that Jesus Accomplished on the Cross

Colossians 1:20-23

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Lesson Number 7

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ has reconciled all things to Himself.
  2. The Lord Jesus Christ has reconciled some people to Himself.
  3. Not all people are reconciled.
  4. People are alienated with bad attitudes and bad actions.
  5. The reconciliation of people has already taken place.
  6. Our reconciliation was one way.
  7. The ultimate purpose of our reconciliation is perfection.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s make sure we are reconciled.


  1. What is set forth in Colossians 1:15-22?
  2. Define the word, “reconcile.”
  3. What is the basis of Christ’s reconciliatory work – His life or His death?
  4. Were all the problems of sin settled on the cross?
  5. Are all things reconciled by the cross? Are all people reconciled by the cross? What is the ultimate purpose of reconciliation?
  6. Are people reconciled now, or only in the future?


  1. The wonder of Christ’s Person, the magnitude of His work, and the pre-eminence of His position.
  2. To restore to a right relationship; to make peace where there was a separation, alienation or enmity.
  3. His death on the cross (Colossians 1:20,22)
  4. Yes
  5. Yes. No. The work of Christ is sufficient for all, but is effective only for those who believe. The ultimate purpose of our reconciliation is perfection (Colossians 1:22).
  6. Reconciliation has already taken place (Colossians 1:21). We are in a harmonious relationship with Christ from the moment of salvation.


  1. Can you lose your salvation? Support your answer with Scripture.
  2. What is the ultimate purpose of reconciliation? How does this affect the way that you live?


  1. Be sure that you are reconciled to God by Christ’s work on the cross. Are you experiencing the harmony of reconciliation?

Key Verses

  • “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.” Colossians 1:21

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