Thanks again for your great support and prayer during the loss of my dad and that we could rejoice together about the salvation of my high school buddy, Dale.
I don’t know if you caught my thoughts on 2 Cor. 5:14-19 on Sunday as well as the thoughts from Colossians. We humanly struggle with reconciliation, because we “hope” things will work out, but we’re not absolutely sure. If the person was forever gone, then we never have to think about it again. If the person who hurt you dies, then you never have to deal with them physically again (I understand the memories that might exist). You can have peace and not be suspicious, questioning, or be on guard. That’s what God did with all the sins of the world in Christ. God put all the sins of the world on Christ and when Christ died, all the sins of the world were put away – forever.
Now all that has to happen is to accept the gift of salvation by faith. Paul writes that “If One died for all, then all died,” and then “…that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them,…” As unbelievers, we are convicted by the Holy Spirit of sin (John 16:8-11), that we haven’t believed in Christ, of righteousness, that Jesus satisfied the righteousness of the Father and a judgment is coming for those who reject. Sin is no longer the issue for salvation that I have to do something about; we know because that is not the issue for judgment at the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). All the world has to do is accept what the Substitute of the world has done, died for them, thus removing the enmity, the hostility, away eternally. The Righteousness of God was satisfied and the Love of God welcomes unbelievers who accept the gift of salvation by faith. Those who do not, reject the pardon and are forever banished from God’s presence. That exalts God’s character beyond the universe.
I thought I’d also include those five statements that we walked through regarding initiating practical reconciliation. They were:
- Expressing regret. “I’m sorry for what I did.”
- Accepting responsibility. “I was wrong.”
- Making restitution. “What can I do to make things right?”
- Genuine repentance. “I don’t want to ever do that again.”
- Requesting forgiveness. “Will you please forgive me?”
Let me know if you have any questions. This message was a great way to see the Grace of God for me.