Divine Reconciliation – (Reconciliation, Part 2)

Reconciling the world unto Himself (II Corinthians 5:19).

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

The reconciliation of the world is not man’s work in any sense. Man is not restoring himself to God; man is not coming to God; but God is coming to man, in Christ:

That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself (II Corinthians 5:19).

The world is not reconciling itself to God. Instead, it is the Father Who has reconciled the world to Himself. He did so without any effort or merit on man’s part, for He did the work of reconciliation while the world was still His “enemy.” He reconciled the world to Himself by the death of His dear Son.

Reconciliation – the restoration to divine favor – is purely a divine work. It does not take place by any effort whatsoever on man’s part. The Father “Himself” did the work through the at-one-ment of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently, the world has now been made at-one with the Father.

Non-Imputation of Sin

Not imputing their trespasses unto them (II Corinthians 5:19).

Just what does this worldwide reconciliation involve? It involves the trespasses of the world against Him, and that He is not imputing them. This is an amazing revelation of truth committed to Paul – a revolutionary doctrine in contrast to record-keeping religious orthodoxy.

Most of Christendom could not even fathom that the believer’s sins are not being “imputed (Romans 4:8); let alone that the work of Christ has obtained something on a far grander scale. When Paul says, “Not imputing their trespasses unto them,” the “them” is a reference to the “the world.” Paul taught that God was not imputing the world’s trespasses!

Just what is “imputation”? It is record-keeping. It is the bookkeeping process of accounting, or numbering. The word translated “imputing” is Strong’s Greek Lexicon #3049, logizomai, meaning “to take an inventory.” Some of the other ways that this word is translated in the King James Version are: count, account, number, and reckon.

Noah Webster defines “impute” as, “to charge; to attribute; to set to the account of …; we impute crimes, sins, trespasses, faults, blame, etc., to the guilty persons.” (American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828)

Paul is telling us that God does not tally man’s trespasses against him. He does not record them. He does not keep an account of them. He does not charge them to one’s record. This is because,

Christ died for our sins (I Corinthians 15:3).


… if One died for all, then were all dead (II Corinthians 5:14).

How much more than the Psalmist can we say,

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalms 118:23).

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

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