- SCRIPTURE READING: II
Corinthians 5:17-21 = "Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath
given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as
though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs
stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin
for us, who know no sin; that we might be made the righteousness
of God in him."
- The word denotes a change back to
a state of harmony. WEBSTERS DICTIONARY, says for this
to be done one has to adjust, settle, that which has broken
the harmonious relationship, "the removal of that which
caused the separation".
- The Greek word (KATAKKASSO)
has to do with the "change from enmity to friendship,
to reconcile. With regard to the relationship between God
and man, the use of this and connected words shows that primarily
reconciliation is what God accomplishes, exercising His grace
towards sinful man on the ground of the death of Christ in
propitiatory sacrifice under the judgment due to sin, 2
Corinthians. 5:19, where both the verb and the noun
" [VINES EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF
NEW TESTAMENT WORDS. W.E. Vine, page 942.]
- THE TEXT USAGE HAS TWO IMPLICATIONS:
- An alienation: broken harmonious
relationship with God.
- The offender of this broken relationship
- THREE THINGS ARE NECESSARY FOR RECONCILIATION
AND WE WANT TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE:
- A conviction of the sin that broke
the relationship with God.
- A sense of dependence upon God.
- A mediator to bring about the reconciliation.
- The guilty must see his error, realize
his own sinfulness, and for man to see this God has given
to man: His law, or mirror by which he may see himself:
- The law God has given is:
of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to
everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to
the Greek" (Romans.
- That which Christ commanded to
His disciples: "Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and,
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
- The Word as a mirror would enable
man to see himself as "what manner of man he
1:22-25 = "But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if
any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like
unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth
what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect
law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed
in his deed."
- Gods law enable us to see
how we stand before God, for it is not that we think we
are approved, we need to know. I
Corinthians 10:12 = "Therefore let him
that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."
- Man will look with contempt on his
life in the presence of the Son of God at the judgment, for
what can he say:
- God sent his Son that man might
be saved and not perish (John
- The Word from God became flesh
and "dwelt among us" (John
- Jesus told us His word "
I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day"
- What we need is to be like Job.
"I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:
but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and
repent in dust and ashes" = (Job
- The Holy Spirit reproveth the world
of it sins:
16:7-8 = "Nevertheless I tell you the
truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for it I
go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if
I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come,
he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgment."
- He who listens to the Spirits
message becomes convicted of his sins His heart is
2:37). And acknowledges his need of help , thus
the cry of those on Pentecost "Men and brethren,
what shall we do?"
- A SENSE OF DEPENDENCE UPON GOD.
offender needs t learn that he cannot succeed while out of
harmony with the offended. If man is not in harmony with God,
he is in a state of alienation.
life sinks to the lowest moral level when he forgets God.
1:25-27 = "Who changed the truth of God
into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more
than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this
cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their
women did exchange the natural use into that which is against
nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use
of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men
with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in
themselves that recompense of error which was meet."
nature saps mans strength and shortens his usefulness
in spiritual service. Galatians
6:8= "For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to
the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
capacity is hurt by the involvement of sin as there is a
close relationship to body and mind. Ephesians
4:15-20 = "But speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head,
even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together
and compacted by that which every joint supplieth according
to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh
increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth
walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their
mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated
from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them,
because of the blindness of their heart: who being past
feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness with
greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ;"
1:15 = "Unto the pure all things are
pure: but unto them that are defiled
and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and
ambition is doomed living apart from God. There is no hope
of eternal salvation alienated from God. Ephesians
2:12 = "That at that time ye were without
Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope,
and without God in the world."
4:12 = "Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved."
COMMENT: To live spiritually, one must stay in touch
with the source of life and that is God.
- This is a go-between one that
comes between two parties, that are at variance, for the purpose
of reconciling the differences. Our go-between is Christ.
Timothy 2:5 = "For there is one God, and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
- Christ fits this position perfectly:
- His divine nature (spiritual) ties
him to God.
- His human nature (Physical) ties
him to man.
- Christ presents the terms of reconciliation:
- God sent Him with His terms of
5:24 = "Verily, verily, I say unto you,
he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent
me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life."
- Christ has the authority to act
for God in heaven and on earth. Matthew
28:18 = "And Jesus came and spake unto
them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in
- Christ is the only mediator, no
one else will God accept, thus He is the only door of access
to the Father. A rejection of Him will be a denial of entrance
to the Fathers heavenly mansion.
14:6 = "Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me."
- Christ offers a common meeting place
for reconciliation the Church.
- Christ has by God "put
all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over
all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness
of him that filleth all in all"
- Christ has made possible those
far off to come to the heavenly Father and broke down the
"middle wall of partition between us" making peace.
2:13-16 = "But now in Christ Jesus ye
who sometimes were far off are made night by the blood of
Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and
hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself
of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might
reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having
slain the enmity thereby."
- WILL YOU ACCEPT THE TERMS OF GODS
- Recognition of the fact man has left
- Recognition of the fact that there
is no salvation apart from God.
- Recognition of Christ as Gods
- Recognition, acceptance and compliance
of Gods terms of reconciliation.
- GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT MAN.
- In worldly institutions of man.
- In following terms stated by someone
other than His Son.
- GOD WILL ACCEPT MAN:
- When he accepts the terms presented
by His Son.
- When he has been added to His church.
- WHAT SHALL YOUR ANSWER BE?
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