The Gospel Brings Reconciliation!
2 Cor 5:17-21 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
- 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to
himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
- 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto
himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath
committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
- 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christʼs stead, be ye
reconciled to God.
- 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Here are some wonderful truths about God's Reconciliation. The
Good News is that Reconciliation is Unlimited. When we sin, we
can come to Him and He will instantly receive us, reconcile us,
and restore us to Himself.
I. Reconciliation is offered to all who will believe God.
- Romans 4:21-24 And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
- 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
- 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was
imputed to him;
- 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe
on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
means that God restores us to what He created us to be.
- Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the
world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but
through the righteousness of faith.
A. God has called us to be His Children.
- John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1. John declares the unique love of God toward us, in making
us His children
- 1 John 3:1-2 what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the
world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear,
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
III. Restoration comes in a day, not over a long period of
Read Isaiah 12 2
A. God does a quick work in our lives if we let Him.
IV. Reconciliation is offered to all and every kind sin.
- Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due
time Christ died for the ungodly.
- 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
- 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Integration forced some people to change their behavior.
Reconciliation invites the changing of hearts. -- Spencer
V. Reconciliation is based on the "Great Exchange".
- Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him.
- 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by
the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by his life.
- 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
A. We bring a sinful life of shame and guilt.
He brings a righteous life of purity and strength.
B. We bring depression, anger, resentment, murder and strife.
He brings joy, peace, love, faith and goodness.
C. We bring broken relationships, promises, and deep wounds.
He brings faithfulness, promises tried in the fire seven times,
with the healing balm of Gilead, the anointing that heals every
D. He offers an exchange. Praise the Lord! That is Good News!
All we have to do is believe and receive. We give Him our
righteousness, which is like filthy rags, and He gives us His
Righteousness, which shines forever like the noonday sun.
VI. Reconciliation is without limits.
- Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might
abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
- A. God's grace abounds much more.
1. Literally in the Greek it means that God's grace has super-abounded
towards us. In other words, Godʼs supply of grace is so great
that when we have used all that we need, there plenty left over.
He is the God who is more than enough.
B. We cannot get to the limit where God says, "That is enough, no more
2. The only thing we have to do is believe and receive. We just need to
lay down our guilt and shame and come to Him.
- C. He will in no wise cast us off.
1. He is not like people. His grace is to all and for all.
- John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
D. He taught us to forgive in the Lord's Prayer and to restore.
God does not receive the sacrifice of a person who is in disagreement,
but commands him to go back from the altar and first be
reconciled to his brother, so that God also may be appeased by
the prayers of the peace-maker. Our peace and brotherly
agreement is a greater sacrifice to God--and a people united in
one in the unity of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
When someone is willing
to repent and come for forgiveness, like God He wants us to
forgive and to put away the sins of others that have offended
and hurt us. To not do so is sin. The Good News is that
Reconciliation is unlimited. When we sin, we can come to Him and
He will instantly receive us, reconcile us, and restore us to
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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