What is Reconciliation?
By the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, God canceled by His Grace, the distance which sin had brought in between Himself and mankind, in order that all things might, through Christ, be presented holy unto Himself again. The term reconciliation is a positive change in the relationship between God and mankind. It involved a breakdown in the relationship, but now there has been a change from a state of hostility and division to one of harmony and fellowship. This breakdown occurred in the Garden of Eden where mankind disobeyed God (Genesis 3). Because of their sin of disobedience, mankind is now born spiritually dead and is naturally inclined to sin and disobedience to God (Ephesians 2:1-5). When you become a believer in Christ you are now reconciled to God; you essentially pass from death/enemies of God to life/children of God. You are a new creation. Christ now presents you as holy, faultless, guiltless, without blame, and as a new creation to God the Father. This act of reconciliation was not initiated by mankind, but by God who is a God of love and mercy. He is not willing that any would perish, but that all would come to repentance and faith in Christ alone. Christ is our High Priest, in that, He offered up Himself as a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice on guilty sinners, and to reconcile us to God, and He is now making intercession for us and helping rid us of sins bondage.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Brothers and Sisters, 2 Corinthians 5:19 says that, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” This is the Good News that we must tell others about. God wants a relationship with sinful, unworthy and guilty sinners. God has committed to His servants the word of reconciliation. To further explain, He has entrusted us as His followers with the marvelous privilege of going forth and preaching this glorious message to all men everywhere. We must never water down the Gospel to be men pleasers. If they are not found in Christ, they are at this very moment, enemies of God. John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” The Good News is that if they repent and put their faith in Christ alone they will be saved. There is no other way. Christ is the only way to escape the coming wrath of God on guilty sinners. When it comes, it will be a just wrath. He will have every right under heaven and earth to punish guilty sinners. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Brothers and Sisters, let us use the word reconciliation and the meaning of it more and more with those around us. Teach it to your family and friends. Share it with your neighbors and the lost around you. Bring it up at church or in a Bible study. Model it with the various relationships that you are a part of. Reconciliation with God is what our world desperately needs right now. It’s not a better world leader or more money in the bank, it is Christ Jesus. They need the Savior to save them from the wrath to come. These are the last hours and it is not the time to be sleeping. Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation.
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