[Papercut Press] 2001-01-23 - Reconciliation

Part 17 - What Actually Happened? The Moment I Trusted Christ

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

We come to the 17th thing which occurs the moment we trust in Christ for salvation.

  1. 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 fullness 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.

"If you are willing to accept Christ as a saviour, it must be as a sacrifice to make atonement for your guilt. Christ came into the world on this errand, to offer himself as an atonement, to answer for our desert of punishment." Jonathan Edwards

Soli Deo Gloria,

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