Be Ye Reconciled to God
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Reconciliation is the act of reconciling parties at variance; renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity. (Webster 1828)
In scripture reconciliation is the means by which sinners are reconciled and brought into a state of favor with God, after natural estrangement or enmity; the atonement; expiation.
Separation from God
The fall of man through Adam in the garden brought a separation between man and God. After Adam sinned, man became separated from God by sin, scripture says and death came into the world an enmity, an estrangement from God.. through acts of disobedience the wrath of God came upon man.
Colossians 1:21 reads, "And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
We were enemies of God in our mind, going about the ways of this world, doing evil deeds and supporting them, our minds were not able to instruct us in the ways of God or to submit to the ways of God, because we were separated from him, spiritually dead and lifeless.
Ephesians 2;1-3, says, “you being dead in your trespasses in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind."
Reconciliation through Jesus Christ
We walked as enemies of God, separated from him, his plan and promises.
There had to come a mediator, one who was qualified in every way to bring the Father into true relationship with his creation. Ephesians 2:12- 13 reads, “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Jesus has broken the wall of hostility not only between Israel and the gentile world but between all of humanity and God. Through him all things have been united to the father. Through Jesus we have access to the Father by one Spirit. Jesus brought us back into fellowship and relationship with the Father. This is all from God. He made him (Jesus) who knew no sin to become sin so that in him we might be made the righteousness of God. (Colossians 1, Ephesians 2, 2 Corinthians 5)
Reunion and Peace
2 Corinthians 5 declares a call for peace, for reconciliation, a call to come home to the father, without fear. Enmity and hostility have been dealt with by Jesus at the cross.
The matter has been settled in the highest courts of heaven, the Father is satisfied with the sacrifice of his son in accordance with the plan that was set in motion before the foundation of the world.
This is the good news of the ages. Him who knew no sin became sin, took our sin. This is the day of our salvation, the day of the Lord's favor.
Romans 5:9-11 reads, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 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. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
In Jesus and through faith in Jesus, we have been brought back into true fellowship, true enjoyment and relationship with the Father. We can approach God with freedom and confidence. It is a finished work.
Be reconciled to God.
Question: Are we challenged more by what we have done, our sin that separated us from God, or is our struggle the ability to believe and receive God's goodness?
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