By Pastor Paul Millermon
Romans 5:8-11
10 September 2000

INTRODUCTION

We have been speaking on great words about salvation. We spoke on grace -It is the unmerited work of God for us that provided for our salvation. We are unable to help ourselves but God by grace sent Christ to pay for our sins on the cross and provide the work of salvation. Our next sermon was on faith - That is our response to what God by grace has accomplished for us in Christ. We express faith when we trust in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross and that alone for our salvation. Last week I preached about repentance. Repentance is the change of mind we experience when we hear the truth of the Gospel message and change our mind about ourselves, about Christ and what he did for us, and about what we trust in to save us. We repent when we understand what God says about our need of salvation and adjust or even reverse our thinking to agree with God.

Understanding these biblical words about salvation will clarify for us what salvation is and how we receive it for ourselves. By understanding these words we can make sure of our relationship with God and of our eternal destiny.

Today let us consider the word reconciliation as it relates to salvation.

Definition: Reconciliation is the complete change in our relationship with God accomplished by the actual removal of the cause of enmity between us and God so making peace. When there is reconciliation between people it usually requires a change on the part of both parties to accomplish it. When there is reconciliation between people and God it requires a change only on the part of man. God does not change, but God causes that change to take place in us. If we need to be reconciled to someone, it is best to be sure that we are first reconciled to God. Then ask His help as you seek to be reconciled with the other person.

As we study what the Bible says about reconciliation today, we will look at Romans 5:8-11. This passage contains some important truths about being reconciled to God.

Romans 5:8-9 of our passage shows us...

  1. SALVATION IN THREE TENSES - past, present, and future.
    Romans 5:8-9
    "But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Much more then having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Here the groundwork is laid for what the passage says about reconciliation.)
    1. Salvation past - This passages describes grace in the fact that Godís love has been shown to us in that, even though we were sinners and did not deserve it, Christ died for us. The sacrifice for our salvation is past. "Christ died for us." That happened 2,000 years ago. Then and there the great work of reconciliation between God and man was accomplished.
    2. Salvation now - Verse 9 declares that we are now justified (declared righteous) because of Christís blood. We have justification now. We know that God can take the blood of Christ shed 2000 years ago and use it to justify people today. Once we sin nothing on earth can wash away the guilt, but the blood of Christ can. 1 John 1:7 says "The Blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin." On the basis of that God is able to declare us righteous. If you trust Christ as Savior then you have that justification now.
      Salvation is past - the work was accomplished at the cross.
      Salvation is present - when we repent and trust Christ, God is able to cleanse us by the blood of Christ and justify us now. It works in the year 2000. The great work of reconciliation works now!
    3. Salvation future - Verse 9 also says that we shall be saved from wrath through Christ. What a relief to know that an eternal burning hell is not in our future! We shall be saved from that. When we trust Christ and really believe what the Bible says about salvation, we do not have to worry about our eternal destiny.
    4. So salvation is past present, and future. But now in verses 10-11 we see...
  2. RECONCILIATION IN THREE TENSES - past, future, and present
    Romans 5:10-11 "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. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
    1. Reconciliation Past - two facts of the past Romans 5:10
      1. We were enemies. Sin had made us enemies of God. Sin separates us from the Holy God of the Bible. Verse 8 says "In that while we were still sinners." In the darkness of sin we feel lost, guilty, unfulfilled, and unprepared to met God. Before I trusted Christ as Savior I feared death for I knew I was unprepared to meet God. No one told me but in my heart I knew it is a fearful thing to die and have to face a holy God unprepared. I did not know it but I was an enemy of God. -"we were enemies."
      2. We were reconciled. Verse 10 says it is through the death of Godís Son. What does it mean to be reconciled?
        1. The word used for reconcile here is katallasso in the original Greek. The word katallasso (kat-al-las'-so - Greek: verb) is translated as reconcile six times in the New Testament. Strong first defines it to change, exchange as coins for others of equivalent value; hence to reconcile. He also defines it to return to favor with, be reconciled to one, to receive one into favor. It comes from the root word "allasso" which means to change, exchange one thing for another or transform.
        2. God though the death of His Son is able to change us in such a way so that we can be reconciled to Himself. By Christís death God is able to justify or declare us righteous through Christís blood. (Verse 9) Christís blood cleanses us from our sin so that we who were enemies can now be reconciled to God.
        3. During the revolutionary war England was the enemy of the American Colonies. Today England is our friend and ally. It took many years, but over time we have been reconciled. We have been enemies of God but now through salvation in Christ we are reconciled with God. We are now friends and even children of God. It took the blood of Christ to cleanse us for this reconciliation. But this reconciliation immediately happens, as soon as we put our trust in Christ and are saved.
        4. Our reconciliation is accomplished when God changed us by cleansing us of our sin through Christ. The offense against God has been removed.
        5. Many seek to be reconciled to God by changing God. Cults and individuals want to change God. We cannot change God to fit our wants and needs. We are the ones that must be changed.
    2. Reconciliation Future - assurance for the future Romans 5:10b "...Much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." Again God speaks of our future salvation from His wrath.
      1. "Much more having been reconciled" - This passage tells us that there is more to reconciliation than just being changed from enemies to sons.
      2. "...We shall be saved by His life." The passage has been telling us of the benefits that we have received by Christís death. Now we are told we shall be saved by His life. In the future Christ will resurrect us. In John 14:19 Christ said "Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also."
        I have always been amazed with the truth of Philippians 3:20- 21. "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." God who reconciles our soul and spirit will also reconcile our body so that we will one day stand in Godís presence in Christís sinless likeness.
      3. How wonderful to know that we shall be saved by His life.
    3. Reconciliation - Present - Joy for today 5:11
      "...rejoice...we have now received the reconciliation" We now have reconciliation.
      1. We can walk today as a friend of God not an enemy.
      2. We can have fellowship with God today.
      3. We can know today that we will be able to meet Him without fear of condemnation.
      4. The King James Version translated this word for reconciliation "atonement" in verse 11. The word means "at one ment" What a picture of reconciliation!
      5. Rejoice! We have now received the reconciliation. We can walk and live as children of God in total fellowship and peace with Him. Thatís reconciliation.

I would like us to read two other passages about reconciliation Colossians 1:20-21 "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."

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 "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. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

CONCLUSION

2 Corinthians 5:20 above contains a plea for all to hear. "...We pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." The message is for all that are not yet saved. Be reconciled to God! Donít live and die as an enemy of God. Donít try to change God to fit your own ideas about Him. Donít continue in life with the void that is caused by alienation from God when reconciliation has been provided. "...We pray you in Christís stead, be ye reconciled to God." Repent and put your trust in Christ and what he did for you on the cross.

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