2 Cor. 5:17-21 ) Reconciliation

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The word reconciliation means to restore to favor, or for those to make friends again who were at enmity with each other. God and man were once friends and they communed with each other before the fall. When sin entered by man's free choice that friendship was broken and they became enemies. Through the atonement of Christ the basis of friendship was re-established and men are now free to choose to become friends with God again. Reconciliation then is that act of God whereby men who choose to do so can be made friends of God through the cross of Christ ( Eph. 2:16; Col. 1:21; 2 Cor. 5:17-21 ). God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and man all have a part in reconciliation.

God the Father is the one offended and He is the one to whom men must go for reconciliation ( Eph. 2:11-18; Col. 1:20-21; Acts 17:30-31 ).
Man is the offender by his rebellion against God and he is the one who must become reconciled with God ( Rom. 5:1-21; 8:1-13; Col. 1:20-23; 2 Cor. 5:17-21 ).
Christ is the mediator and He is the one who represents both God and man in reconciling them as friends again ( 1 Tim. 2:4-7; 1 John 2:1-2). Christ is the one who became a friend to man by taking man's place to represent him in making peace with God ( Rom. 5:12-21; 8:34; Heb. 4:14-16 ). Christ is the one who satisfied the offended party for the wrong doing ( Col. 1:20; Rom. 3:21-31; Rom. 6; Cor. 5:17-21 ), and the One who provided the basis whereby the offender can be free from offence, and sin no more ( Rom. 6:11-23; 8:1-13; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:29; 3:5-10; 5:1-5, 18; Matt. 1:21 ).
 
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