In what prophecy was the
work of reconciliation foretold?
are declared for your people and your holy city
to finish transgression, to put and end to sin,
to atone for wickedness, to bring in
everlasting righteousness, to seal up the
vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
What message of entreaty
has God sent to us through His appointed
We are therefore
Christs ambassadors, as though God were
making his appeal through us. We implore you on
Christs behalf. Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20.
Through whom is this
All this is from God,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
The Price of Reconciliation
What was required in
order to effect this reconciliation?
For if, when we were
Gods 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!
What basis for
reconciliation was made by Christs death?
And through him to
reconcile to himself all things on earth or
things in heaven, by making peace through
his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians
How was He treated?
He was despised and
rejected of men. A man of sorrows, and
familiar with suffering. Like one from
whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we
esteemed him not.
What did John declare
The next day John saw Jesus
coming toward him and said, Look, the Lamb
of God, who takes away the sin of the
world? John 1:29.
To what place did Christ carry
He himself bore our
sins in his body on the tree, so that we
might die to sins and live for righteousness; by
his wounds we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24.
The Father Suffers With Christ
In thus reconciling the
world to Himself, what attitude did God take
That God was
reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting mens sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of
reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19.
What rendered it possible for
God to treat sinners thus?
We all like sheep,
have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.
Note It was because
of mans disobedience that he was separated
from God. Even though he refused to obey, Gods
great love that was manifested at the creation of
man has been shed upon all generations since that
time. Not willing that any should perish, God
manifests the same love in giving His only
Begotten Son that man might have life and have it
Unity, Purpose, and Joy of
How did Christ reconcile all
men through the cross?
And in this one
body to reconcile through the cross, by which
he put to death their hostility. Ephesians
What is the great purpose of
the work of reconciliation?
Once you were
alienated from God and were enemies in your minds
because of your evil behavior. But now he has
reconciled you by Christs physical body
through death to present you holy in his
sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
Colossians 1: 21,22.
Through whom is the
Not only is this so,
but we also rejoice in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, through whom we have now
received reconciliation. Romans 5:11.
None but the Son of
God could accomplish our redemption; for only He
who was in the bosom of the Father could declare
Him. Only He who knew the height and depth of the
love of God could make it manifest. Nothing less
than the infinite sacrifice made by Christ in
behalf of fallen man could express the Fathers
love to lose humanity
God so loved the
world, that He gave His only begotten Son.
He gave Him not only to live among men, to bear
our sins, and die their sacrifice. He gave Him to
the fallen race. Christ was to identify Himself
with the interests and needs of humanity. He was
one with God has linked Himself with the children
of men by ties that are never to be broken. Jesus
is not ashamed to call them brothers
(Hebrews 2:11); He is our Sacrifice, our
Advocate, our brother, bearing our human form
before the Fathers throne, and through
eternal ages one with the race He has redeemed,
The Son of Man. And all this that man might be
uplifted from the ruin and degradation of sin,
that he might reflect the love of God, and share
the joy of holiness.
The price paid for our
redemption, the infinite sacrifice of our
heavenly Father in giving His Son to die for us,
should give us exalted conceptions of what we may
become through Christ. As the inspired apostle
John beheld the height, the depth, and breadth of
the Fathers love toward the perishing race,
he was filled with adoration and reverence; and
failing to find suitable language in which to
express the greatness and tenderness of this
love, he called upon the world to behold it.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God. 1 John 3:1. What a value this
places upon man! Through transgression, the sons
of men become subjects of Satan. Through faith in
the atoning sacrifice of Christ, the sons of Adam
may become the sons of God. By assuming human
nature, Christ elevates humanity. Fallen men were
placed where, through connection with Christ,
they may indeed become worthy of the name sons
of God. - E.G. White, Steps
to Christ, pp 14,15.
One Choice of Three
For holy heaven and sinful earth to
be reconciled and come to peaceful relations, one
of three things was necessary. Heaven must take
up earthly ways, or earth must turn to heavenly
ways, or both must be merged. In the nature of
the case there was only one real way earth
must be reconciled to God. To open the door of
heaven to man meant Calvary. There every sinner
may find the peace of reconciliation, fellowship
with God, and hope of everlasting life.