The Cross Part 24

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24. The cross is God's estimate of everything great and noble in the world which He will reconcile to Himself.-" Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself." (Col. 1:2020And, 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).) Here the cross of Jesus is spoken of as the way by which He in whom all fullness dwelt, marked, and stamped, as it were, " was an enemy" upon the things He would bring near to God. The full application of the passage I think is future, and refers, like Eph. 1:1010That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (Ephesians 1:10), to the time of the display of the mediatorial glory. Afterward, speaking of the means and energy by which the whole present reconciliation of Jew and Gentile in one virgin espoused to Christ has taken place, speaking of the Jew, he says, neither the means nor the energy were found in the law as to us; for we know Him as-