Unlimited: Reconciled to God
Nov 7, 2019 1102
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10, RSV).
Verse 18 of the same chapter goes on to tell us: …as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. These verses affirm that the atonement of Christ restored the whole human race to favor with God. Christ is our peace, having broken down the wall between God and humanity. By his own blood, Christ signed the ransom papers for the race.
Unlike most of the solutions offered to humanity, this one has nothing to do with a subjective experience but an objective reality: salvation was accomplished historically, outside of, and independent of ourselves. And the gospel is the glad word of that event.
Calvary is, in the words of a great old hymn “the double cure” of sin. It takes away both sin’s guilt and power. When you understand what God has done for you in atoning for your sin, it has the power to break your heart, and to free you from the bondage of a self-centred existence.
When you look at the Cross, you see the holiness of God, and repent; you see the love of God and believe; you see the power of God, and you are born again.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: If you aren’t a believer in Christ, the Bible states that you are an enemy of God. That feels harsh, but it is our spiritual reality without Jesus. Yet, we read that Jesus died for his enemies, including you and me. Talk to God about your former status as his enemy and rejoice in your reconciliation!