An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
(Hebrews 2:17)

The term reconciliation is both fantastically positive and profoundly important in its biblical application. In this connection, reconciliation has two distinct but related meanings. The first has to do with social, interpersonal relationships, the second has to do with financial matters. In its social application, reconciliation refers to two parties, once at variance with each other, which now in agreement and on good terms. In its financial application, reconciliation describes the process of comparing different financial records and accounts in order to ensure that they add up to the same totals. The Bible uses the term in both senses—social and financial—to describe what the redemptive work of Christ actually accomplished. The Scriptures are crystal clear on the fact that human sin has caused our estrangement from God. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,” wrote the great prophet Isaiah, “and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). The saving, redemptive work of Christ was the blessed remedy to this ghastly problem. Paul wrote that “all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). How wonderful and mysterious is the love, wisdom, and grace of God, that He would not only reconcile us to Himself, but that He would count us worthy of legitimate and important ministry work! Paul reminds us that, we are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God. Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). We ought not forget that the reconciliation between God and man came while we were still His enemies. The blessed and profound implications of this cannot be overstated (Romans 5:10-11). We are also called to remember that this reconciliation came at a cost. We all had a sin debt to God that had to be paid; God’s justice demanded that this be so. Since none of us had the resources to pay such a debt, the Lord paid it for us (see the Lord’s parable in Luke 7:40-43). His soul, His life, His blood constituted the acceptable currency (Colossians 1:20-22). Truly reconciled to God in both senses of term, we find ourselves now under some obligation to do what we can to reconcile estranged people, to restore broken relationships between our fellow human beings. This too is our reasonable service (Matthew 5:9, 23-24 cf Romans 12:1-2). May the Lord direct and bless our efforts in this ministry also. Amen!

God bless,

pastor john