Monday, August 3, 2020

Monday – 2nd Corinthians 5 - Reconciliation



T the core, reconciliation involves the repair of something that is broken. Disputing parties (who at one time agreed) can be reconciled; then they agree. Reconciliation ends conflict. Reconciliation brings acceptance. It creates compatibility.  What a wonderful realization!  We have been reconciled to God. Our relationship with Him was severed in the Garden of Eden. We became God's enemies. But through Jesus Christ, we have been granted access into the Father's presence once again. For those of us who are in Christ, the conflict between God and man has ceased.


Now, because of Christ, there are some hurdles that have been cut very low. Not the least of which is the issue of our death. The finality of death in this world is indeed a sad and frustrating inhibition. But in Christ we find that death has become for us a doorway to improvement. If our current body is taken from us, we will simply find ourselves in a better place. It's not just a cliché. It's the truth (vs. 1-4). And the evidence (that something better is in our future) is the presence of the Spirit of God within us (vs. 5). We have God in us, but not with the same perceptibility that we will have someday (vs. 6 & 8). Currently, "We walk by faith, not by sight..." (2nd Corinthians 5:7). But someday our faith will be rewarded with sight. Still, because of Christ's reconciling work, we are accepted of God both here AND there; in both the now AND then (vs. 9).

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