I became Reconciled to God (Romans 5:11).
The idea behind reconciliation is the concept of "making peace." This is
found clearly in Matthew 5:23, 24, "If therefore you are presenting your
offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something
against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way;
first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering."
Reconciliation is to bring two parties, that are at odds with each other,
back into harmony with each other.
In salvation we become reconciled to God. This assumes that prior to salvation
we were not at peace with God. In fact, prior to salvation, we were God's
enemies. Romans 1:30 calls those who are not followers of God, "haters of
God." Before salvation, there is strife between God and the sinner.
It is the ministry of Jesus Christ, in salvation, to restore that relationship
between God and us. 2 Corinthians 5:19 tells us, "that God was in Christ
reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them,
and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation." Christ fulfills the
righteousness that we lack. He intercedes between God and us on our behalf
and units us to Himself, so that the peace with God the Father that Christ
enjoys, we also enjoy.
In Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22), God is reconciled to us, Jew and Gentiles
are reconciled to each other, men and women, who once were at odds with each
other are reconciled, and lastly, (we are prone to forget this) we are reconciled
with ourselves in our conscience. We are now at peace with ourselves. "For
it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, 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." Colossians 1:19, 20
In salvation we receive reconciliation with God, in Christ. It is another
one of the great blessings that are ours in Christ. These blessings are not
merely "available" to us in salvation, but rather they are secured for us
in salvation. It is amazing to ponder all Christ has done for us in salvation.