Reconciliation is one of those 30 church words you wish you understood. You wonder what it is, how it works, and the importance of it. Before you begin a new life in Christ, you need to know the remarkable power of reconciliation which changes your status with God. Adam’s choice, original sin, irreparably damaged any future relationship between God and humankind. (That’s you, by the way.) Without Jesus, there is no mediator to restore the connection which divided due to the Fall of man.
I remember going through my divorce in 1993. One of the mandatory requirements of the state law declared each person filing for divorce must attend mediation. The law’s hope focused on the chance for reconciliation before the dissolution became finalized. Unfortunately, the obligatory intervention did not result in a resolution for us. However, hope spreads to everyone reunited with God through Jesus Christ.
Reconciliation Through Jesus
Biblical reconciliation, or “to change and restore your relationship with God,” requires a mediator just as, in my case, the law had for divorce over twenty years ago. Mediation meant Jesus stood between you and God to change your relationship from one of enmity and fragmentation to one of harmony and fellowship (Romans 5:6, 10). Your reconciliation to God is impossible without the cross, the sacrifice, and the blood of Jesus, as well as your belief in those things.
~ Reconciliation of Your Relationship with God
Reconciliation involves a change in the relationship between you and God. It assumes a previous break in the link which needs repair. You know, from reading the book of Genesis, the collapse came when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:22-23). It took the sacrificial act of Jesus Christ thousands of years later for the restoration of right standing with God.
The book of Romans clearly points out Jesus’ role in returning your negative standing with God into positive, life-giving peace; God grants you the undeserved privilege of sharing in His glory because of your faith in His Son.
You see, you were helpless, utterly helpless! You could never reconcile your relationship with God on your own, or even with the help of someone who “might” be willing to die for you as Jesus did. What friend of yours would willingly die for you? I doubt you can honestly say even one! But Jesus died and restored your friendship with God while you were still an enemy of His. Who does that? Seriously? Jesus does and did.It’s time to rejoice, friend! Because now you have a beautiful, new relationship with God all because The One Who is Perfect made the only way (Romans 5:1-11). Click To Tweet
Even while you were still a sinner, Jesus died, so a way was created to restore your relationship with his Father when you chose to believe in him. It’s time to rejoice, friend! Because now you have a beautiful, new relationship with God all because The One Who is Perfect made the only way (Romans 5:1-11).
This message of reconciliation (change, restoration) coming from God through Jesus Christ gets passed on to you. It’s not just for your sake, though, but for the sake of others too.
~ Reconciliation of Your Relationship with Others
The one who offers reconciliation is the one who does the peacemaking; it is not something that randomly happens between estranged people. It started with the intentionality of the cross, but it does not end there. Reparation of your broken human relationship occurs after you intentionally allocate to it the restoration you first received by way of the cross and the death of Christ.
But, there’s more!
Second Corinthians says you become a new person by losing your old life and gaining a new one from God. God knows precisely how you feel about your new life in Christ. It’s exciting! It’s full of joy! God says now you are an ambassador of Christ helping others change their status with Him through the message of reconciliation. For God made Christ the offering, so you stand in right relationship with Him to share the story of your salvation with others (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).God says now you are an ambassador of Christ helping others change their status with Him through the message of reconciliation. Click To Tweet
Not only has God create the way to become an ambassador of reconciliation, but He also requires you to settle your differences with others. Matthew 5:23-24 says, “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and reconcile yourself to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”
Don’t come to before God with a grievance against your friend. Since God poured out His mercy on you, go now and reconcile your relationship. Then return to the presence of God with a clean heart.
The whole message of reconciliation centered itself around the love of God and the death of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The restoration of your broken connection with God brings peace and access to Him through Christ. Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! You received His love poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5)!
Celebrate in God’s amazing love, for it is through His son, Jesus Christ, you obtained the remarkable power of reconciliation.Celebrate in God’s amazing love, for it is through His son, Jesus Christ, you obtained the remarkable power of reconciliation. Click To Tweet
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