Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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.2nd Corinthians 5:11-21
One of the harder truths from the Bible to grasp is the truth of complete reconciliation to God. Many of us, if not all of us, walk around enslaved by a debt we think we owe. We think, ‘God has saved us so now we are indebted to Him’, when in reality we WERE indebted to Him and NOW (to those who completely believe and trust Him) He saved us from having to pay the debt. There was a gap, caused by sin, that has now been erased.
The word reconcile literally means ‘bring back together’. God and his creation have been brought back together through Christ. Reconciliation to God has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Christ’s righteousness in us, through the Holy Spirit. There has been a complete change in the state of who we were to who we are in Christ. We are a new creation.
Being a new creation that is reconciled to Christ doesn’t take away past or future hurt, but it allows us to stop running from our pain and face it head on – by the power of the Holy Spirit – without the fear of crumbling underneath physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. We can now face past and the future pain with the love, protection and wisdom of God as we turn and give it all to Him.
Through Christ’s reconciliatory work we have been given complete access to every resource He had while He was on earth. That means we can demonstrate His love through what would have been crippling circumstances before we knew of God’s love for us.
Have you ever known the love of God that reconciles us to Himself?