Friday, June 26th, 2015
One of the happiest word we constantly hear at NCCkl is “reconciliation.” It speaks of two people being restored into a new relationship. It is one of God’s favorite words too because it means He can restore man into fellowship with Himself through the sum total of Jesus’ baptism and three fold work of Christ on the cross.
- Baptism enables us to unite with Christ by faith in believing that all our lifetime of sins has been washed into His body through the laying on of hands by John the Baptist at the River Jordan.
- Propitiation brings man out from under the wrath of God through satisfying His righteousness and justice.
- Redemption brings man out from slavery to sin and Satan through the payment of a ransom.
- Substitutionary Death brings man out from under the penalty of death of Christ in our place.
Once we are in spiritual union with Christ through faith in His baptism, the three fold work of Christ on the cross tears down the barrier that man’s sin has build up against God. However even with the barrier gone, the relationship between God and man must be re-established. This is the work of reconciliation.
Friends, you see, God hasn’t changed, He always love man and still does. The world hasn’t changed either, it is still in rebellion against God. However, what has changed is that judicially, the barrier is now down and when anyone sees this and believes in the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus, at that moment he becomes personally reconciled to God.
Reconciliation brings man out from under his mental attitude of alienation from God. With the barrier taken out of the way through the work of Jesus’ baptism and His death on the cross, now through Christ, man may be brought from alienation to fellowship with God. In fact, it’s when manreally begin to see how Christ has so completely removed the barrier that he begins to open up toward God and want to be reconciled to Him.
True reconciliation always does away with hostility. That’s what the Apostle Paul was speaking of when he said, “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death,” Col 1:21-22
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