SUBJ: God revealed in Christ as He
who reconciled us to Himself, and the manner of reconciliation.
AIM: That we might know the
elements of reconciliation, the ministry of reconciliation and the
mandate to be reconciled.
INTR: It would seem that there is a
conflict between this passage and others such as John 3:16
many, it would appear that the love of God to a people is sufficient
grounds for salvation.
2. But, when the holiness of God is brought
into the picture, we realize that justice demands that the integrity of
God be preserved in all that God does.
3. There is, however, no
conflict when we realize what the giving of His Son entailed.
THESIS: There is no mandate to merely
believe that God loves, but there is a mandate to believe that He loved
in such as way as to make His Son a propitiation for our sins. We must
then consider that:
I. All things are of God to the believer (v.
1. It is easy to see the benefits of salvation as coming from God
without seeing the means God employed to bring them about.
think of God’s benevolence in an unqualified manner
2) While others
believe that God responds to something in us.
2. It is the “Who hath
reconciled us to Himself” that makes all the difference in our approach
3. Christ is made the propitiation for our sins: Romans 3:25
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God; AND Colossians 1:20 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 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and
not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. –
Propitiation is that which assuages or takes away the wrath of God and
makes Him able to be gracious to the offenders.
4. The ministry of
reconciliation is the preaching of the Gospel of Peace in that
Christ has accomplished it,
2) And that we publish the fact of peace
through the blood of Christ.
II. God was in Christ reconciling
(v. 19) --“to wit” is “how that”
1. Reconciling involves changing
from condemnation to justification.
2. The thought of “in Christ” is
thought by some to be “by Christ.” The fact that the fullness of the
Godhead dwelt in Him bodily settles the first and that God was so acting
settles the second. It is both.
3. It is important that we know that
the purpose of God has always been such a reconciliation – He is “the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
4. Consider then the
“non-imputation” of sins as the means of reconciling the world to
1) The application is particular as in John 3:16 and is
applied to believers as we note that many died not reconciled (note that
it is all of Him).
2) Thus, it is the Sovereign act of our gracious