Over the past month, you may have noticed a theme throughout the blogs on restoration, redemption, and reconciliation. That's no coincidence. In fact, I believe the whole of Scripture is based upon these things (*John 3:16-17; John 2:2; 1 John 4).
Paul's hymn in Colossians 1:15-23 is a good example. Paul points out that Christ was responsible for creation (through Him and for Him). He maintains order of the creation and restoration of creation only comes through Christ (dying on the cross). Anything less than restoration includes being "estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds" (Col 1:21 NRSV).
When we understand how much God loves creation, only then will we see the overarching theme of restoration, redemption, and reconciliation throughout Scripture.