Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #25
Posted: December 2, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

We have been looking for several weeks at the results of being Justified by God.  We have now looked at five results and they are: Peace With God, Access To God, Rest In Trouble Before God, Experiencing The Love Of God, and Safe From The Wrath Of God. 

We now turn our attention to the sixth result, which is ‘Being Reconciled To God’. The text says in 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.” 

The word ‘reconciled’ means to change fully from enmity and aversion to love and trust.  It means to make one out of two warring parties.  The Bible never says anything about God being reconciled to us.  It is always our need of being reconciled to Him.  The reconciliation in verse 10 has a threefold tense of operation.  It deals with our past life, present life, and our future life.   

PAST LIFE

The text says, “…when we were enemies…” This speaks of a past day.  The word ‘enemy’ means hostile by nature and at war with.  You may look back and feel like you were not at war with God but because of our fallen Adamic nature we were His enemy.  Paul says in Romans 8, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God…for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”   

PRESENT LIFE

Paul says ‘we were reconciled to God’.  The word ‘reconciled’ is in the past tense.  This indicates a past action that assures a present result.  The past action is the death of God’s son.  His death in the past has caused me to be reconciled and made one with God.  The battle is over, my warring nature has been put down, and I have been given the nature of God that wars no more but walks in victory.  This is all because of the death of God’s Son.  The word ‘death’ is akin to the word atonement.  The old timers drew the word ‘atonement’ out slowly to say ‘at-one-ment’.  O, to be reconciled is to be at one with our God.   

FUTURE LIFE

In dealing with our future life of reconciliation Paul uses the phrase ‘much more’.  The phrase has the idea of surpassing plenteous and the greatest degree of better.  This work of reconciliation is an ongoing work.  Paul says we are being reconciled.  There is a position in which I am perfectly one with God, but there is an ongoing work of oneness.  Paul says, ‘we shall be saved’.  This word is not that of salvation from hell.  The word means to preserve and to deliver.  We are daily being reconciled by His life.  The word ‘life’ is the word Zoe.  It means quickened or resurrected life.  Our Lord said, because He lives I can live also.  As I bow to his ongoing work of reconciliation He releases in me that ‘Zoe’ life.  The ‘quickened’ walk in newness of life.  His death and life has made me one and is yet now making me one with my Lord.  I am now one by faith.  One day our oneness will be a blessed reality.  Jesus will be the only one in heaven.  The justified will all be in Him.

 

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