Summary: Man was separated from God by sin. Now we are reconciled to God.
Oh Be Ye Reconciled to God
Katallasso is the Greek word where we get our word English reconcile. It “shows that primarily reconciliation is what God accomplishes, exercising His grace toward sinful man on the ground of the death of Christ in propitiatory sacrifice under the judgment due to sin.
We were sinners, (Romans 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We were enemies of God, (Nahum 1:2) God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
We were alienated from God, (Col 1:21) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
We were separated from God, (Hosea 9:10) I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
We were cast out of the Garden of Eden, we were LOST! (Genesis 3:23) Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. (2 John 1:9) Whosoever transgresseth, hath not God.
(Ephesians 2:12) That at that time ye were without Christ, having no hope, and without God in the world:
WE WERE LOST!
Reconciled means brought back in line.
We can reconcile a checkbook to match the bank balance.
How are we Reconciled to God?
First Look CLOSELY at (John 3:16) For God SO loved/the world that He gave/ His only begotten Son/that whosoever/believes in Him/should not perish/but have everlasting life.
God gave His Son up to die for ME!
(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.
We were enemies, but through the death of Christ we are reconciled and saved by His life.
2Cor 5:18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.
(2 Cor 5:20) Now then we [Ministers] are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, Oh be ye reconciled to God.
How are we reconciled to God?
Jesus is our sacrifice for sin.
Jesus said, “keep His commandments”.
(John 14:15) If ye love me, keep my commandments. Do we love the Lord enough to keep his commandments? We show our love for Christ dying on Calvary’s cross by keeping His commandments.
IN KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS OF OUR LORD, WE ABIDE IN HIS LOVE.
(John 15:10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
What are the Lord’s commandments?
(Ecclesiastes 12:13) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.