"Let us stop going back and forth between the world and the church. Let us study and seek God daily. Let us walk as dear children. Oh how God shall bless us in obedience!"

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This article taken from Banner of Love

by Elder Dale Magers

September 2004
Volume 72
Number 9


Complete Gospel Reconciliation

Elder Dale Magers

     Reconciliation took place on the cross when Jesus Christ was crucified. (1rst Colossians 1:19:22) "For it pleased the Father that in Him (Christ) 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 sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet how has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight." We see by this statement that the Father was pleased that all the consequences of this work should dwell bodily in His fullness in Christ. (2nd Cor. 5:19-21) Paul tells us: "To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, no imputing their trespasses unto them and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."

     God reconciled us in the body of Christ when He was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." Reconciliation required the death of Christ on the cross. Through this death He no longer charges us with sin. This applies to the world of His people whom the Father chose in Christ before the world began with the holy purpose that they should be without blame before Him in love. This was accomplished in the death of Christ on the cross.

"It is finished"

     When He had accomplished this some of His last words on the cross were, "It is finished." In the Greek it would read literally this way, it is having been completed or perfected. The word finished literally means perfected. We can all rejoice in this accomplished work believing that Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father on high making reconciliation for us. Our sin never reaches the Father, Christ intercedes for us. This completely the work of God, not of man. It is done forever and stands as part of the truth in Christ that is eternal.

     Yet as ministers we are to preach to the people to be reconciled through the gospel. This gospel reconcilation consists of learning that Christ has done this work and our enjoyment of peace in knowing this. It is important for every church member to know what God's purpose for us here on earth is. We look forward to the day when Christ shall come again. But what is His plan for us as we live here? It is to present us holy, unblameable, unreproveable in His sight. It is our work while we are here to obey God and do the things that He has commanded us to do. Being sinners by nature and not always following God we know that a day never passes that we do not sin. But God has granted us repentance, we can repent and turn from our sins and do better. Our goal should be perfection, even though we shall never accomplish it in this life.

     We can pray, seek God's forgiveness through Christ, strive to do better, and support our church in every way. Let us stop going back and forth between the world and the church. Let us study and seek God daily. Let us walk as dear children. Oh how God shall bless us in obedience!