My @ONE series on the Atonement is progressing. On the aspect of Atonement that has to do with Reconciliation, I had come in my thinking to think of things like racial and national reconciliation. That is all certainly in view. Yet the methods of reconciliation among us usually deals with mutual interests, cultural competency, empathy, and other actions that come from us to others.
The need for Reconciliation to God has receded in our cultural thinking, for of course God is love and accepts all people. Yet….
In the key passages of scripture the idea of Reconciliation is centered on the work of the Cross of Christ. God does the reconciling and it is cruciform.
One passage is 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Here is my syntactical outline. First of all, it is all from God. Then the work is accomplished by Christ (underlined portions) and our part is to be messengers (yellow highlight). Not counting trespasses (v. 19) is not because God does not keep a record, but because he put the trespasses on Christ (v. 21).
At the top of the whole discussion is this statement “All this is from God.”
the yet in-progress sermon is this
I. Reconciliation is God’s work v. 18a
II. God Reconciled us by the death of Christ (underlined)
III. God Reconciles the world by the Gospel (yellow)