Making Peace With God by Johnny Hunt


Col 1:20-23
July 24, 1994

INTRODUCTION: Dr. Billy Graham has a very popular tract
entitled, "Peace With God." I have often been asked if someone
"made peace with God" before it was too late. What does it mean
to be at peace with God? The word reconcile is one of the most
significant and descriptive terms in the Bible. It is one of 5
key words used in the N.T. to describe the richness of salvation
in Christ, along with justification, redemption, forgiveness,
and adoption.

In justification, the sinner stands before God guilty or
condemned, but is declared righteous (Romans 8:33). In
redemption, the sinner stands before God as a slave, but is
granted his freedom
(Romans 6:18-22). In forgiveness, the sinner stands before God
as a debtor, but the debt is paid and forgotten (Eph. 1:7). In
reconciliation, the sinner stands before God as an enemy, but
becomes His friend (II Cor. 5:18-20). In adoption, the sinner
stands before God as a stranger, but is made a son (Eph.1:5).
Col. 1:20-23, Paul gives a concise look at reconciliation. He
shows us clearly how we can "make peace with God."



"reconcile" - means to change or exchange; when people
change from being at enmity with each other to being
at peace, they are said to be reconciled. It means
thoroughly, completely, or totally reconciled. When
Bible speaks of reconciliation, then, it refers to the
restoration of a right relationship between God and
man ...

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