Reconciliation

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Why do we need reconciliation with God?

“For 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” (Romans 5:10-11).

Christ is the foundation of Christianity. It is not merely a religion based on morality. Unlike Judaism, which emphasizes the commands and laws of God, Christianity is about a person. This person is Jesus Christ. It is He and His work of salvation that stand in the foreground, not the Law and our obedience to it.

In the previous lesson we saw the hopelessness of sinful man’s condition before a holy and righteous God. As mentioned above in Romans 5, we were enemies of God. His wrath burned against us. He could not ignore His righteous laws. He could not simply forgive our sins and “turn a blind eye” as we sometimes do. That would be inconsistent with His righteousness. Without a paid ransom, He could not pardon a guilty world. There was no sacrifice on earth sufficient to reconcile the wrath of God. His infinite righteousness required an infinite sacrifice. Only God’s Son was capable of paying the debt of all humanity. He took our sins upon Himself on the Cross of Calvary (1 Peter 2:24).

In the next few lessons we will examine the concepts of justification, salvation, and the new birth. These concepts need to be explained and connected to one another in order to better understand the plan of salvation. We have started with reconciliation because it is the root. If God had not been reconciled, then there would be no justification or salvation. The entire plan of salvation is based on this. Reconciliation means this: Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross changed the relationship between the holy God and sinful humanity. God, who had been angered by sin, was now reconciled.

Reconciliation pertains to God and not to man. The price of reconciliation was greater than all of earth’s gold, silver, other precious metals and gemstones. It was the precious blood of Christ. His blood was sufficient to cover the sins of all people. In this way, reconciliation affects all humanity. It is infinite and has no boundaries. In contrast, salvation, which pertains to people, is not infinite. For example, the number of people who will receive salvation is limited to those who will accept it.

Christ accomplished reconciliation freely and without conditions. It is finished and efficacious. Reconciliation was completed once and for all, not in parts but in the whole. For hundreds of years it has been a finished work. Whether we believe it or not, the fact remains that God has been reconciled with humanity. That is why Christ called out on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He brought the sacrifice for sin that is valid forever (Hebrews 10:12).
Friend, let us look once more to Christ. He left the splendor of heaven. He was obedient to the point of death on the cross. He was the Hero who bridged the gap that sin had brought between man and God. He is the Savior, who accomplished reconciliation for you and me by His own precious blood.

 

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