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Jesus is Reconciler

Jesus is our reconciliation.

 

Review

  • Jesus is our Qualifier: Jesus has qualified us to be participants in His eternal plan of redemption.
    • He transforms us by the Holy Spirit.
    • He empowers us by the Holy Spirit.
    • He leads us by the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is God in human flesh:  Jesus is the glory of God, not a reflection, manifested in the flesh.
  • Jesus is our Creator: Jesus created all things seen and unseen and He holds everything together.
  • Jesus the head of the church: Jesus is the life blood of the church through which we receive all our energy and direction.

Reconciliation: Restore friendly relations, cause to live in harmony, make or show to be compatible, settle a disagreement

Colossians 1:19-22

  1. Reconciliation is necessary.
    1. Romans 5:8-11 - 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.   10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.   
    2. Ephesians 2:1-3 - 1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins
      2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
  2. Reconciliation is effectual
    1. Ephesians 2:10 - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
    2. Colossians 1:21-22 - 21And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mindengaged in evil deeds22yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach
    3. II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
  3. Reconciliation brings us into God’s community.
    1. “you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind…He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death”
    2. Ephesians 2:19-21 - 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household
      20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,  21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
  4. Reconciliation makes us responsible.
    1. II Corinthians 5:18-21 -Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 
      19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  5. Application
    1. Embrace reconciliation with God.
      1. Seek Him. Draw near to Him.
      2. As we are reconciled to God, seek reconciliation with others.
      3. Proclaim the reconciliation all can have through Christ.
        1. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”