World Reconciliation (Reconciliation, Part 1)

All things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-19)

What absolutely amazing words from Paul, God’s apostle to the nations! What a divine revelation was committed to his trust. Oh, for the faith to fully believe the disclosure of the divine plan. Oh, for the courage to embrace God’s full accomplishments in the reconciliatory work of the Lord Jesus Christ!

II Corinthians Chapter 5 is a glorious revelation of what God consummated in His Son. It is an exceedingly rich presentation by God’s apostle of grace. Here we learn of the full scope of reconciliation.

Worldwide Reconciliation

Reconciling the world unto Himself (:19).

What was the revelation given to Paul about God’s work in Christ? What did he reveal that God actually accomplished in Christ?

Reconciliation!

Hear that word. God procured “reconciliation” through His Son. Just what is “reconciliation”? It is the restoration to divine favor. Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines the Greek word katallag (#2643) as “restoration to (the divine) favor.” Noah Webster (American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828) defines the root of reconciliation (conciliate) as, “to unite.”

The enmity, division and estrangement of man towards God have been removed by the Father Himself – “reconciling the world unto Himself.”

It was indeed true that,

When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10).

The same word that Paul uses for “reconciliation” (:18-19), is translated in the very next verse in the King James Version as “atonement” (the old English “at-one-ment”):

We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement [at-one-ment] (Romans 5:11).

Or, as other translations have,

… received the reconciliation (Darby’s Translation, Young’s Literal Translation).

… obtained the conciliation (Concordant Literal Translation).

What a work of reconciliation – atonement, restoration, conciliation. Nothing stands between the Father and His creation.

For whom did God accomplish this work in Christ?

The World!

Reconciling the world (:19).

The reconciling of the world (Romans 11:15).

Reconcile all things unto Himself (Colossians 1:20).

Reconciliation was not just for a few – it was not just believers who were restored to God – the scope of Christ’s atoning work was revealed by Paul to be worldwide!

The far-reaching, triumphant cross-work of Jesus Christ is not limited to those who currently believe. His work and accomplishments were not partial. His work was all-inclusive. God through Christ did His wonderful work for the whole world.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
The Salvation of All
© 2005-2010

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