God Will Reconcile All Created Things back to Him Eventually (Colossians 1:20); yes, this Verse is Written in the Context of “All Created things” (as four Verses prior this is Defined First in Colossians 1:16 as it is Written).
Blessed be Lord Jesus Christ, our Most Gracious Saviour of the World!
Is this how First Orthodox Christianity Understood Colossians 1:20?
Yes to quote from ‘Lost Orthodoxy’ Book, please consider:
(i) Pg 306 – Does this Remaking of All things new include/apply to God’s Enemies too or the Elect only?
“The Son “breaking in pieces” His enemies is for the sake of remolding them, as a potter his
own work; (as Jeremiah 18:4, 6) says: i.e., to restore them once again to their former state.” — Eusebius of Caesarea (265 to 340 A.D). Bishop of Caesarea& ‘father of Church History’
(ii) Page 410 – Is there an Early Orthodox Christian Leader directly Writing in Reference to Colossians 1:20?
“In the fourth Pfaffian fragment ascribed to St. Irenaeous of Lyons (Stieren I, 889), Irenaeous
says that ‘Christ will come at the end of time to destroy all evil—-and to reconcile all things–
from Col. i:20–that there may be an end of all impurity.’
Source and further discussion:
(iii) Page 313 – But what fellowship has Light with Darkness?
NO fellowship at all except that Light Shines at the SHADOW of DEATH in the Darkness even
changing it into MORNING eventually too as mentioned prior in Amos 5:8.
No fellowship is meant here but rather a Transformation of Darkness into Light is Taught by Holy Scripture even in reference to God Filling All things with Himself (Ephesians 4:10) eventually till He becomes ALL in All Creation, 1 Corinthians 15:28 —> hence DARKNESS would have CEASED to EXIST by then when this happens at the ‘dispensation of the FULLNESS of the TIMES’ (Ephesians 1:10) which is understood to be the ENDS of the AGES which is part of the SECRET of MYSTERY of HIS WILL (Ephesians 1:9) to ‘gather in One ALL THINGS in CHRIST’ (Ephesians 1:10) —> where the ‘ALL THINGS’ or ALL CREATED THINGS, as per the definition in Colossians 1:16 will be RECONCILED to CHRIST eventually as it is PROPHETICALLY Declared in Colossians 1:20 agreeing to all this.
(iv) Page 44 – Did First Orthodox Christianity understand Ephesians 1:10 likewise?
Yes, who says so?
St. Irenaeous of Lyons when he summarizes the Gospel in a Nutshell as follows as the True “Catholic Faith – First Definition”:
“… Proclaimed through the prophets the dispensations of God, and the advents, and the birth from a virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead, and the ascension into heaven in the flesh of the beloved Christ Jesus, our Lord, and His [FUTURE] manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father “to GATHER ALL THINGS in ONE,” and to RAISE UP ANEW ALL FLESH of the WHOLE HUMAN RACE, in order that to Christ Jesus, our Lord, and God, and Saviour, and King, according to the will of the invisible Father, “every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and THINGS UNDER the EARTH, and that every tongue should confess” to Him, …” (Irenaeous, ‘Against Heresies’, Book I, Chapter X.-Unity of the Faith of the Church Throughout the Whole World, Point 1).
Please note the following ‘carefully’ in the above:
His *FUTURE+ manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father “to GATHER ALL THINGS in ONE = Includes, ‘RAISE UP ANEW ALL FLESH of the WHOLE HUMAN RACE’.
What is the ‘Context’ of ‘ALL FLESH’ in the above?
RAISE UP ANEW ALL FLESH = the WHOLE HUMAN RACE, eventually.
Eventually? = His [FUTURE] manifestation from heaven in the Glory of the Father “to
GATHER ALL THINGS in ONE [Ephesians 1:9 – 10 which is a Mystery or Secret of His Will].
Peace to you & HalleluYah!
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