Manspeak


Reconciled by Caleb H.
August 25, 2008, 6:25 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

Have you ever seen two bitter enemies reconcile their differences and come together in unity before? I was trying to think of examples recently and found that it was pretty hard to think of more than a couple. (If you can think of some, feel free to comment)

As the Olympics are going on, unity and harmony are what are being pushed as the ideal qualities for participating countries to posses. However, are the competing countries really unified? Aren’t they trying to beat out everyone else? Well, even with the Olympics in Beijing, none of the countries competing are actively at war with each other right now (that I am aware of) and so my analogy inevitably breaks down.

However, when we consider our standing before God as Christian men, it should shock us that we could possibly be reconciled. We were God’s enemies (Romans 5:10) and in turn, God was opposed to us. Imagine, the sovereign of all things, actively opposed to you! What then brought about reconciliation?

Was it our merit before Him? Did we earn back God’s favor? BY NO MEANS!

Rather, God in His sovereign grace sent His own son to take our punishment, that we might receive forgiveness and adoption as sons through faith alone!

Isn’t this amazing? We, the weak, the enemies, have PEACE WITH GOD!!!!!

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We have a mediator gentlemen, Jesus Christ. He interceded, propitiating God the Father’s wrath against our sin, and there is now NO CONDEMNATION (guilty declaration) for those who are in Christ through faith.

Thank you God that you glorify your grace by saving an ill-deserving sinner like me! Thank you that you don’t only cancel my debt, but give me never-tarnishing righteousness. I have peace with you. You are favorably disposed towards me.

God, Thank you!!!

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