Posted: December 2, 2004
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
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.”
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.
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.