Christ Died! | Part Nine

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Reconciliation – Christ’s Sacrifice Changes Us from Being God’s Enemies to Being God’s Friends

reconciliation /rɛk(ə)nsɪlɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
the restoration of friendly relations. (noun)
the action of making one view or belief compatible with another. (noun)

In the previous post we considered the fact that the Christ was raised from the dead for our justification. Closely associated with the concept of justification is reconciliation.

Romans 5 (KJ2000)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
_9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Colossians 1 (KJ2000)
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight:

One of the baffling truths of our redemption is that the Father sacrificed His Son for men and women who were His enemies. When two parties have a quarrel, both parties are usually expected to show good faith and a desire to change before the dispute can be resolved.

But God didn’t wait for man to repent, or to ask to be reconciled. Instead, He sacrifices His Son for people who were “enemies in their minds by wicked works”. In fact, one of those wicked works was killing His Son Who had been sent to make peace!

2 Corinthians 5 (KJ2000)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Poor understanding of the fact that God reconciled men to Himself in the sacrifice of Jesus has caused some preachers to present a false picture of the gospel. In the gospel, God isn’t asking the sinner to repent of his sins before he can be saved. Instead, God is telling the sinner that to come and receive salvation because He has punished Jesus for the sinner’s sins. This is the message we have been told to go and proclaim. We are to tell the world God has done something about their sins!

Continue in grace!

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