Colossians 1:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 1:20, NIV: 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 1:20, ESV: and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:20, KJV: And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:20, NASB: and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Colossians 1:20, NLT: and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross.

Colossians 1:20, CSB: and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

What does Colossians 1:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This last verse of Paul's praise of Christ (Colossians 1:15–20) again emphasizes all that has taken place through Jesus. Jesus' work in restoring man's relationship to God also restores the rest of creation. Jesus provided reconciliation through the cross (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 2:16). Paul will make mention of this again in verse 22, noting the importance of Christ's death to our reconciliation.

This reconciliation includes all things, in all places. Paul sometimes uses the phrase "heaven and earth" to show the amazing extent to which God has provided for us. In other passages, he lists various aspects of creation to show the extent of God's provision (Romans 8:37–39). This peace, however, came at a high price: the blood of Christ. Just as a sacrifice was used in the Old Testament to make peace and reconciliation with God, Jesus served as a once-for-all sacrifice on behalf of the sins of all people. Those who accept His sacrifice and believe have eternal life (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8–9).