Reconciliation (4 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod
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Reconciliation is the act of God whereby He does away with the HOSTILITY between a sinner and Himself and establishes PEACE.
THE GOD BEHIND THE CURTAIN
"Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place" (Exodus 26:33).
The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover" (Leviticus 16:2).
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51; cf. Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45).
RECONCILED TO GOD
1. Reconciliation was necessary because of our SIN.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have not been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation (Romans 5:8-11).
• The sinner is REBELLIOUS toward God.
• God is ANGRY toward the sinner.
"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers" (Proverbs 6:16-19).
How can God be both a God of love and a God of wrath? Here's a human analogy: The more a father loves his son, the more he hates his son's lyi ...
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