God, Hope & Helping Others
Reconciled. English Oxford Dictionary. Restore friendly relations between: ‘the king and the archbishop were publicly reconciled’, ‘she wanted to be reconciled with her father’
Mirriam-Webster. To restore to friendship or harmony, reconciled the factions. Reconcile differences.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 ‘(18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation’.
Romans 5:10 ‘For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life’.
Matthew 5:23-24 ‘(23) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift’.
Ephesians 2:15-16 ‘(15) Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; (16) And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;’
There are many more examples from scripture regarding reconciliation. I am using only a few.
In order to be reconciled to one another, there had to have existed a relationship between the parties previously.
As stated above in the definition from the Oxford Dictionary; ‘she wanted to be reconciled with her father’. The father and daughter had be in a relationship prior to the desire for reconciliation. Jesus was sent by the Father to earth to reconcile us (we the sinners) unto Himself (the Lord God). The why is obvious; He loves us and wants to have the relationship restored. The way to this reconciliation was through Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection from the dead.
Since “we” have had to have been in a relationship with the Lord God previously; how did this happen and when did it happen?
Here are a few scriptures that may assist you in an answer. There are more, I have chosen only a few.
Matthew 5:9 ‘ Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God’.
Luke 6:35 ‘But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil’.
1 John 5:1-2 ‘(1) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. (2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments’.
Revelation 21:7 ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My Son’.
In Genesis 6:2 we find ‘That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose’.