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What We Are Thankful to God the Father For (Colossians 1:14)

January 16, 2010

You know how much you like someone to say thanks.  You even miss it when you don’t hear it.  God has done a lot for us for which we should give thanks.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss anything.  I don’t want Him not to hear it from me.   I know I do miss some of what He needs to hear from me.  But I can also be cued by God’s Word what it is for which I should give thanks.  I know He wants to hear it, but it’s good for me to remember it too.  It strengthens my Christology and soteriology, my doctrines of Christ and of salvation.  My belief is buoyed by the truth.   For this essay I’m focusing only on one of the list of these beginning in Colossians 1:12, the one in v. 14.

Colossians 1:14 explains how it is we received an inheritance, how it is we were delivered from the power of darkness, and how it is that we have been translated into the Kingdom of the Lord.  The thing that stands between us and these great and necessary blessings from God is sin.  The solution for sin is redemption and forgiveness of sins.  How were we set free from sin?  How were we forgiven?  How is it that we are able to gain a standing in Him (“in whom”)?  How?  Through the blood of the Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus’ blood redeems us from sin and it is through His blood that we have forgiveness of those sins.

You should know that in the NIV, NASB, and ESV Paul doesn’t thank the Father for the redemption through Jesus’ blood.  The critical text, the one not received by the churches, leaves out “through his blood,” and, therefore, the modern versions leave out these words.  Those versions take away from the words of the Book (Rev 22:18-19).  Critical text advocates would say, “Well, that teaching is found elsewhere, so no teaching has been lost.”  Others may say, “Those words were added in later manuscripts.”   Even though that teaching may be in other places in Scripture, it isn’t found any more in Colossians 1:14 in the modern versions.  Churches and believers received those words with the guidance of God’s Spirit for centuries and “textual scholars” (mostly unconverted ones) removed them.

John Gill writes here:

This phrase is left out indeed in the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, and in the Complutensian edition, and in some copies; but rightly stands here, as it does in Eph 1:7, where there is another clause added, which is here omitted, at the end of the verse, “according to the riches of his grace”. This is the blood of Christ, his own blood, and not the blood of bulls and goats, and the same with that of the persons he redeems, but untainted with sin; the blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot and blemish, of original or actual sin, otherwise it would not have been a sufficient redemption price for his people; nor even then, were it not as it was the blood of the Son of God, of one that was God as well as man, whereby it came to have a proper value and efficacy in it to obtain this blessing.

Spurgeon writes:

Paul, having mentioned his Master’s great work, — redemption by blood and the forgiveness of sins — goes on at a tangent, as it were. He is so enthusiastic with regard to Christ and his great atoning sacrifice that the very thought of Christ’s blood stirs his own blood, and he seems like a man all on fire with holy fervor as he writes.

Nope.  Not in there Spurgeon, so your speculation about Paul was just wrong.  The blood of Christ didn’t even come to Paul’s mind here according to the NIV, NASB, and ESV.  Forget the fact that God’s people believed these words were there—the textual critics have spoken.  But I digress.

Redemption includes a purchase price.  The price was the blood of Christ (cf. 1 Peter 1:18-19).  Christ wasn’t just anyone.   He was the Son of the Father.  What thanks the Father deserves!  His Son!  The eternal Son, Who is the image of the eternal God (v. 15), can pay the eternal price.  And He shed His blood.  He was not just some emanation from God, but very God.   And He was also man.  He bled.  He was pierced through again and again.   Blood poured from His veins.  Oh what a Savior!

People like to talk about God’s forgiveness.  But that forgiveness came at the price of His Son.  God didn’t “just forgive.”  The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ must be shed—not just His death—but His blood.  The blood, we know, washes away sin (Rev 1:5; 1 John 1:7).  The blood of bulls and goats atoned for sin.  The blood of Jesus removes sin, making us clean in God’s righteousness.  More than atonement!  It’s free for us, but it cost God His only begotten Son.  Let’s not forget that.  Let’s thank God the Father.

  1. January 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

    “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Heb. 20:28)

    Of course this verse “may” be spurious according to the text critics. Thank God for redemption through His blood.

  2. January 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Oops…I meant to reference Acts, instead of Heb. I was thinking of the other passage on the blood in Heb. 9:14.

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