Part 2 – Reconciliation, Ripe for the Picking
The plain truth is that The Lord Came to Earth in Order to Have a Physical Body That Could Take on Our Sins and Die for ALL men, that ALL men would be ‘Reconciled’ to God. God knew well that man’s Reconciliation is NOT Possible through man’s own feeble religious efforts and sometimes good doings. Man’s sin-debt had to be paid by a Sinless Sacrifice That Would Merit such Reconciliation.
Colossians 1:20 … having [already] made peace through the Blood of His Cross, by him [by Jesus] to ‘Reconcile’ ALL things [of creation, including man] UNTO Himself ….
Titus 3:5 NOT by Works of Righteousness Which We Have Done, but according to His Mercy He Saved Us ...
Thus, Judgment was not the first thing on God’s agenda for lost mankind. No! Reconciliation was 1st! Judgment is to come only upon those who Will NOT ‘Receive’ God’s PREPAID ‘RECONCILIATION’ that is available to ALL men “in Christ” by faith. Today is not yet the day of Judgement, but rather… salvation.
“behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2).
Today ALL men are born into the world in Sin and Alienated from the life of God in Christ, but ‘Reconciliation’ has already been made by Christ’s cross-work on behalf of ALL men, not just those who would receive it. ‘Reconciliation’ is now available to ALL men… through simple faith [trust] ‘in Christ alone’ as Savior… totally apart from any of man’s religious inclinations and doings
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And all things are of God, who hath [already] Reconciled us [believers] to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us [believers] the ministry of Reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God Was In Christ, Reconciling the World Unto Himself, not imputing [not counting] their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us [believers] the word of Reconciliation.
20 Now then we [the believers] are Ambassadors For Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye Reconciled to God. 21 For he [The Father] hath made him [Jesus] to be Sin For Us, who [Jesus] knew no sin; [so] that we might be made the righteousness of God in him [in Christ].
Therefore, today, ‘Reconciliation’ has already been made by Christ for ALL men. I do realize there is a corrupt doctrine called ‘universal reconciliation,’ which is to be scorned. It falsely says All Men are reconciled and will be Saved in the end. THIS IS A LIE OF SATAN. ‘Reconciliation’ Must Be RECEIVED by Faith. Often the Devil misuses and distorts the truth of God like God’s Reconciliation to mislead men. In this case of Satan’s lie of ‘universal reconciliation,’ Satan leaves out the core element of the requirement for placing one’s Faith in Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior in order to receive ‘Reconciliation to God’ … “through Jesus Christ.”
Again, in Romans 5:10, Paul says there’s something even “more” than Reconciliation.
“For if [since], When We Were [Lost] Enemies, We Were ‘Reconciled’ To God By The Death Of His Son, MUCH MORE, being [already] reconciled, we Shall Be Saved (Gk., sozo, completed) by his LIFE.”
Here “Life” is the Greek ‘Zoë,’ meaning Christ’s own “Spirit of LIFE,” (Rom. 8:2a, cf. 1Jn. 5:11-12).
Before the cross Sin reigned. BUT NOW; “... as sin hath reigned unto [everlasting] death, even so might ‘Grace Reign’ through [Christ’s] Righteousness unto Eternal LIFE by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 5:21)
Thus, ‘Reconciliation’ is already accomplished for ALL men and therefore Salvation Is In The Air, as close to all men as their breath. “… The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of FAITH, which we preach;” (Romans 10:8)
In reconciling the world to Himself, Christ has made it possible for ALL lost men to be saved by FAITH in Christ as Savior. He reconciled ALL men to Himself by the His Cross... Before They Believed. Now it is for lost men today to believe in order to “receive” Christ’s substitutionary death on their behalf, and with that simultaneously… ‘receive’ the impartation of Christ’s resurrected “Spirit of [His eternal] LIFE.”
So, rather than judgment hanging over a lost man’s head, it is ‘Reconciliation hanging over the head of all men… ripe for the taking. For mankind’s sin-debt is already “Paid In FULL.” This is the truth that we need to proclaim so ALL men will claim the Reconciliation afforded to them as the result of the Atoning [Sin expiating] Sacrifice of Christ Life offered at the cross … for all men. Today ANY person may receive Salvation by placing their GOD-GIVEN FAITH “in Christ.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT OF GOD: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
God supplies us with “salvation” … by His Grace, through faith’ – and that not of ourselves; all being “the gift of God.”