Hi everyone. Rob here.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 is a favourite passage of mine and has been on my heart lately. It says this:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
We have been reconciled to God through Christ. It is accepted fact. Do we truly believe it? The deal is that when we look at Christ, we see God. When God looks at Christ, he sees us. Christ was fully human and fully God and truly human and truly God. We find our humanity in Christ and Christ reveals God’s true divine character to us. Through Christ we discover that God is love and mercy and grace. Our sins are not counted against us. Our rebellion is forgiven. We can come home to the heart of God where we truly belong. Like the prodigal son who finds his father’s arms were wide open the whole time, we discover that we too have always been sons and daughters of the true Father.
The reconciling work of Christ is cosmic in scope and scale. Colossians 1:19-20 says this about Christ:
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
In Christ and through Christ everyone and everything finds its rightful place again. Our relationships with God, creation and each other are restored when we enter into the saving work of Christ on the cross. When we die to ourselves, our sin and our agenda, we can then enter into the reconciliation that is already true from God’s perspective. His arms are wide open. Through Christ we can fall into them.
This is theological talk but it’s also true reality. Reconciliation isn’t a transactional matter. Too many of us believe that between confessions we lie outside of God’s grace. No! We are reconciled to God always and forever in every waking moment. We enter into that reality through giving our hearts over to him. That includes confessing our sins, but also our trust. It means handing over our idols and worshipping him freely. It means receiving God’s grace, but also his joy, his peace, his hope and. especially, his love. As Colossians 1:22 goes on to say,
Yet now, he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
May this truth blow your mind and thrill your hearts. May you come to see that reconciliation is a constant reality. We just need to enter in with faith. Believe it! Trust it! Invite others in too. Let them know that their sins were forgiven through Christ a long time ago. Now they just need to believe it and enter into a new and true reality. We are all sons and daughters of the living God. In the words of Elrond to Aragorn in Return of the King, may we become who we were born to be.
Grace and peace.