Reconciliation: Becoming Friends With God (11 of 14) by Stan Coffey

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Reconciliation: Becoming Friends With God (11 of 14)
Stan Coffey
Romans 8:7
November 20, 2005

A. Scripture Presupposes God and Man are Enemies.
Philippians 3:18 (CSB) - 18 For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as
enemies of the cross of Christ.
B. Experience Proves God and Man are Enemies
Ephesians 2:1-2 (CSB) - 1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now
working in the disobedient.
1. Man caused his alienation from God.
2. God loves his enemies in spite of their sin.
Ephesians 2:4-5 - 4 But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,
5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
A. Reconciliation as a Financial Term
1. It was used of exchanging one set of coins for another.
2. It was used in bookkeeping - "reconcile the ledgers"
3. It was used to refer to a debt owed.
B. Reconciliation as a Human Term
1. In time the word came to refer to a change in relationships between people.
2. Specifically, the word described a change from a relationship of hostility to one
of peace
C. Reconciliation as a Scriptural Term
1. In non-salvation contexts the idea of changing a relationship for the better
2. It was used in scripture to describe a change from hostility to one of friendship.
Matthew 5:24 (CSB) - 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your
brother, and then come and offer your gift.
3. In scriptural contexts, the hostility is nearly always present when the term is used.
4. Reconciliation takes place when an individual's relationship to God is changed
from one of enmity to one of friendship ...

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