RECONCILIATION

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Nebuchadnezzar depicted fulfilling  Daniel's prophecy.
Nebuchadnezzar depicted fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy.

DEFINITIONS:

  1. The Process by which God made sinful humankind acceptable to Himself
  2. To reconcile something is to make it compatible with something else
  3. It is the process of bringing harmony between two or more things
    1. It is the process by which God made sinful humankind acceptable to Himself

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SCRIPTURE:

COLOSSIANS 1:19-22 “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”

 

When Adam sinned fellowship with God was broken!

 

The HUMAN SPIRIT is the faculty that enables man to communicate with God.  With man’s human spirit, he can worship God, and know God intuitively.  

The Human spirit is composed of:

(1) CONSCIENCE: enables us to perceive right from wrong (either condemns us or justifies us).

(2) Through FELLOWSHIP we are able to contact God and commune with Him and

(3) INTUITION through which God imparts to us direct, particular sense or knowledge, which is independent or reason, circumstance, situation, or precedent (John 4:24, Eph. 6:18).

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In our natural state we did not fit with God.

 “Behold, I was shapened in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalms 51:5)

.. “Except a man is born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

The Means or Method of Reconciliation is Christ’s death.

Man is a creature that uses symbols to communicate therefore the cross is symbolic of the death of Christ.

The wooden cross much like the anointing oil brought for blessing has no power in and of itself but symbolizes the method (the shedding of innocent blood) that became our agent of restored fellowship with God.

..“without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

is the first step and is fundamental to Christianity!

 

  1.  Salvation: Reconciliation (Rom. 5:10-11)
  2.  Sanctification: Purification (John 17:17)
  3.  Glorification: the Fullness of Times (Eph. 4:10)

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The Origin of Reconciliation is Love

  1. We were chosen (Eph. 1:19)
  2. Lucifer’s transformed into Satan (Luke 10:18)
  3. Adam Sinned (Gen 3:6)

Nothing is gained by running from responsibility.  Many men of the Bible did such (Adam Moses and Jacob etc.) and tried to cover up their wrong doing.  The intuition and the conscience of man was left intact after fellowship with God  was broken, making repentance the only option for restoring fellowship with God.

  1. Man Restored (John 3:16)

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God is Holy.  We are sinful. And that makes it impossible for the two to dwell together.  Jesus blood brought peace between God and humanity.  Christ death made enemies friends.  God wasn’t changed in the reconciliation process.  We were and are changed however stubbornness and the lack of admission to sin guilt man has a tendency to cover wrong doing, shift blame as Adam & Eve which leads to many  who “change the truth of God into a lie” (Rom 1:25) but the truth is immutable as God’s word.  It is us who must change to conform to God

QUESTIONS (based on scripture):

 1.     When is everything gathered together in one that belongs to Christ?

v.19 Fullness: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (6) to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Eph. 4,6-7, 10).

2.     How is peace made with God?

 

v. 20 Peace: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19).

 

3.     Who are your enemies?

 

v. 21a Enemies:  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (II Tim 2:25-26)

4.     Where is broken fellowship restored?

v. 21b Reconciled: Man’s spiritual components consist of (a) conscience (b) intuition and (c) fellowship.  When Adam sinned fellowship was broken.

 

5.     What is the goal of a Christian?

 

 

v. 22 Ever conforming into the image of Christ- the state of perfection, maturity, completion; wholeness after repentance (metanoia) onto perfection, ever evolving ever moving, perpetual Holiness.

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GREEK WORD:

Metanoia: (origin from Greek, repentance) compunction from guilt, including reformation, reversal of decision, denoting change of place or condition, to repent , change the mind, relent, implying feeling of regret and sorrow.  “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matt: 3:11)

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Answer Key

  1. The Fullness of Times
  2. Jesus Christ (by the blood of Jesus)
  3. Possibly yourself and/or the Devil
  4. Human Spirit
  5. Conforming into the image of Christ
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: CHILDISH THINGS  (pg 300)
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ACCOUNTABILITY
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