Doctrine of Reconciliation
7/2/2016

I. Introduction and Definition
Theological definition: After a breakdown of relationship between man and God through one man’s sin, resulting in enmity between God and man, God provides through the sacrifice of his Son, the removal of this enmity, making it possible for individuals to recover that relationship through faith in Christ.

II. Problem
A. Mankind in his present relationship toward God.
1. Mankind is both alienated and hostile toward God.

Col. 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
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2. Man is helpless in that he cannot help himself in this condition (Rom. 5:6).
3. Man is a sinner (Rom. 5:8).
4. Man is an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10).
5. Man deserves God’s wrath (Rom. 5:9).
B. There is enmity between God and man (Eph. 2:16).

       ___     _ GOD____________

EMINITY WRATH = ALIENATION
__________ /___________
/
MAN/WORLD

III. The Solution is Reconciliation
A. God provides a solution by reconciling the world to himself in Christ.

2Cor. 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
2Cor. 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

B. God removes the issue of sin through having Christ die for the sins of the world.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! NAS95

1John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. NAS95
C. God abolishes the enmity between God and man and provides peace, a reconciliation between God and man.

Eph. 2:16 and might reconcile them both [Jew and Gentile] in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. NAS95

put to death—meta. extinguish, abolish

D. God saves man from the wrath of God through pouring our deserved punishment on his own Son.

Rom. 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God.

E. It is through Christ’s spiritual death (symbolized by his blood) on the cross that reconciliation was made possible.

Col. 1:20 and through Him [Christ] to reconcile all things to Himself [God], having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. NAS95

Eph. 2:16 and might reconcile them both [Jew and Gentile] in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. NAS95
GOD
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ACCESS BY               WRATH ON THOSE WHO
FAITH IN CHRIST          / REJECT CHRIST
NO WRATH    |              /
————– —MAN/WORLD

IV. Though God’s justice is satisfied with Christ’s death, God’s motive was love for his human creatures.

Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. NAS95

V. Justification by faith in Christ, comes before one’s personal reconciliation or peace with God.

Rom. 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

VI. We now have access by faith to the realm of grace, that is established in the place of God’s favor, looking forward to our hope of the future.

Rom. 5:2 through whom (Christ) we have also obtained access by faith into (the realm of) this grace in which we stand, and we exult in the (confident) hope of the (future) glory of God (sharing in Christlikeness).

VII. Only by faith are we reconciled and saved from the wrath of God.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God [continuously] abides on him.”

Rom. 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God.

Rom. 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, [the believer] having been reconciled, shall we be saved [from wrath] by his life?

VIII. To Reject the Solution by not Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ results in the Wrath of God being poured out on the Unbeliever.

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
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Eph. 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
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