And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.Romans 5:11(NASB)
Had it not been for the Cross of Christ, the curse of the Law and God's condemnation would have remained on the entire sinful race of humanity. Had it not been that the world was reconciled back to God through Christ, we would have remained estranged forever from the One Who created us in His own image. But it is God in His grace Who reconciled the world back to Himself, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The absolute responsibility for our estrangement from God rests entirely upon the shoulders of sinful man. It was not God Who estranged Himself from the human race, but man who alienated himself from God. It was through man's sinful rebellion and prideful disobedience that the human race was placed under God's eternal condemnation. And yet in His goodness and grace, the total initiative to reconcile man back to Himself was set in motion by God, and rests entirely on Him. But let us never forget that the enormous cost which was paid for our reconciliation with God, was the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
It was in the eternal council chambers of the Godhead that reconciliation for the fallen human race was conceived, and it was declared that the price to purchase that freedom was the shed blood of Jesus Christ. But reconciliation can only be accessed by faith in His finished work. It is not faith that saves us. It is not faith that reconciled us back to God. Man's reconciliation only comes through the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, but faith is the means by which we are reconciled.
It is not faith in faith, but faith in the finished work of Christ. It is not faith in faith that saves us, but faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary's Cross. Being reconciled to God does not depend on what we do but rests entirely on what Christ has already done, and by simply trusting that His finished work on the Cross has paid the full price for our sin, we are reconciled back to God; we have peace with Him and are regarded as blameless in His sight.
We have God's assurance that He is satisfied with us because of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross. We have been made a new creation and positioned in Him so that when God looks at us He sees us clothed in Christ's righteousness. Let us never forget the enormous price that was paid in order for us to be reconciled back to God, and let us continue to boast about God through our Lord Jesus, for He alone is worthy of our honour and praise.
Heavenly Father, thank You that in Your goodness and grace, You took the initiative to reconcile the world back to Yourself. Thank You that while I was still a sinner You sent Jesus to die on the Cross for my sins so that by faith in His shed blood, I am reconciled to You, forgiven of my sins, and have been promised daily deliverance from sin's dominion in my life. Praise be to His holy name, AMEN.
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