Reconciliation

Reconciliation literally means to bring two things together that are separated. Two things that belong together that are not supposed to be apart. Those things are reconciled when they’re brought back together. 

Psalm 42:1

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

Ecc 3:11

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

Man is made for fellowship with God. God has made us so that we realize there is this infinite need for fellowship with him.

The problem is sin has become a barrier to that fellowship. Romans 3:23, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death. And remember that word, death just literally means separation. But it’s a terrible separation. Here are the consequences of it.

It is a separation that #1 leaves us indebted to God cause he made us holy and our sin destroys that.

It is a separation that #2 evokes his punishment, his wrath.

It is a separation that #3 leaves us as guilty sinners unworthy to approach the throne of God. And it is a separation

#4 that takes us out of a relationship in which we rightfully belong, that relationship with God. 

But God solved all of these problems created by my sin and your sin in one fell swoop.

#1 our separation leaves us indebted to God. God solved that at the cross with our atonement, to pay a debt for us we’re unable to pay for ourselves.

Second problem, our sin evokes God’s punishment and wrath.

But the third problem is that the separation of sin leaves us unworthy to approach God.

The word is  justification

Romans 5:9

“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

By the way did you realize all those things occurred at the cross? Did you ever stop to think about that? The huge debt I have that I couldn’t pay, is taken care of.

No wonder Paul said in

Galatians 6:14

“Far be it for me to glory in anything save in the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ.”

The fourth problem –  our sin takes us out of a right relationship in which we properly belong.

At the cross, God reconciled man to himself. Reconciliation. He put two things back together that were separated that never should have been apart.

Colossians 1:20

20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Rom. 5:10-11

10* For if while 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 this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

That’s the good news. We’ve been brought back to God through the cross. One other verse I want us to look at. 

2 Cor. 5:18

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”

Two things to see. 

#1, as we look at that cross and think about this word, reconciliation, here’s what the first part of verse 18 says, God reconciled all things to himself. God is the reconciler and I am the reconcilee. God did all the work there. He reconciled us to him even though he never moved.

God could not just atone for our sin, God could not just propitiate our sin, God could not just justify us, he had to do it in such a way that we would be drawn to his solution. 

God did all the things he had to do in such a way that we would look at that cross and say, my goodness, how much he must love me.

There’s a second part to that verse,

2 Cor. 5:18

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”

God number 1 is the reconciler, and the second part of verse 18, “He’s given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 

The ministry of reconciliation to the world, to those outside Christ is evangelism

The ministry of reconciliation is the ministry of telling the world of God’s love expressed through Jesus Christ.

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