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Consequences of the Cross: Reconciliation

Many may claim indifference toward or tolerance of God, but the truth is that all men are born His enemies (Psalm 51:5; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:3). The enmity between God and man exists because man is sinful (Romans 3:23) and God is holy and demands holiness (1 Peter 1:13-16).

There must be peace between God and man in order for man to be saved. Man, separated from God by sin, must be reconciled to the sovereign Father.

How can man, who has incurred an overwhelming debt of sin, be reconciled to a just and holy God?

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… (2 Corinthians 5:18)

This work of reconciliation is all of God. It is a divine work and a divine gift given to those who belong to Christ.

Scripture states that reconciliation is accomplished by Christ’s work on the cross.

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:6, 10)

…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

In eternity past, God determined a way for men to be reconciled unto Him. He sent His Son, who offered His sinless blood as a substitutionary, atoning sacrifice (1 Peter 1:19) and brought about the forgiveness of sins for all who would believe in Him (Matthew 26:28).

At the death of Christ, the veil of the temple was torn in two; the barrier between God and man had been removed (Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45).

God forgives sin. Man, though wicked, can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ alone.

Won’t you repent and believe upon Him?

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