Today my dear friend and inspiring bible scholar, Hope Meaux, is joining us with an in-depth study on reconciliation. This is her very first blog, but I sure wish she would make it a habit, so let’s show her some love!
Reconcile – to put an end to hostility
Reconciliation – restoration to friendly relations; restoration to favor
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:8-11)
OUR DILEMMA: sin and enmity
By the common definition, reconciliation assumes a former shattered relationship, estrangement, and enmity. Paul asserts a graver reality: we were enemies of God, all of us (Romans 3:23).
Our offending sin caused the hostile breakup (beginning with Adam, Romans 5:12) and kept us separated from God (Isaiah 59:2, Ephesians 2:12).
In human terms, the party in the wrong, the ones giving offense, should have made amends, yet humanity lacked the ability to restore ourselves to favor (Romans 3:20, 6:23a; Hebrews 9:22b, 10:1-4).
GOD’S SOLUTION: grace and joy
Then, when we were ungodly and powerless (Romans 5:6), still sinners (v.8) and enemies of God (v.10), He, the righteous one, chose to demonstrate true love.
Unassisted by us, God provided all necessary elements of reconciliation: both the perfect High Priest (Hebrews 7:23-28) and the perfect, costly sacrifice (Hebrews 9:26-28; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18).
Undeserving, we offenders received reconciliation (v.11) through no merit of our own but exclusively through Jesus’ death, sweetly forgiven and welcomed home.
Indeed, this is reason to rejoice (v.11) for God Himself, by the blood of Jesus Christ, has exchanged alienation and hostility for peace (Col 1:20) and restored relationship!
LIVING NOW: new ministry and new message
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
If you can now imagine a momentous reason to rejoice, please comment below with your thoughts.
Meet my dear friend, Hope!!
Hello and Grüß Gott from Bavaria where I live with my dear husband. Although I have loved reading and writing and teaching for as long as I can remember, this is (obviously) my first blog contribution. I have been a disciple of Jesus Christ and student of God’s Word for nearly 25 years.