Biblical Reconciliation

Christ Jesus has reconcilled us to the Father giving us peace with God.  Then giving us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) Not counting our treaspasses against him a thing to remember but nailing the punishment to the cross.  Christ giving His desciples the ministry or reconciliation must be careful to not build a church divided against itself.  What I mean by this is as brothers and sisters we must edify one another and build the body up.  If we sin against a brother and just forget about it like it is no thing, we are sinning against Christ Himself.  It was important for those in Christ to walk in harmony.  Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

      What this means is if your brother or sister has something against you then God don’t want anything from you more than He wants reconciliation.  Remember, reconciliation costed Jesus His life in order to bring order and peace with in His kingdom. therefore disruption amoungst brothers should not be taken lightly.  If one cannot reconcile differences then it is important to know that Jesus laid our other ways, because reconciliation is of great importance to Him.  We are to go to the next step.  “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[a] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:15-20)

     I want us to look at some other verses. “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[ under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister”.(Col 1:20-23)  I want to take note here that in this verse we it talks about how we where alienated and hostile, in mind and deeds towards God until He made us alive in Christ.  If we don’t continue in reconciliation then we are denying Christ Himself and His precious work on the cross. Notice, in verse 23 we must continue in these things and in verse 22 we are to be with out blame.  So, if a brother has something against us and we are unwilling to reconcile then we are blamed and not unblemished buy His blood and the ministry of reconciliation He gave us.  Written by Jerry Little

Not only do we enjoy peace with God as a result of Christ’s sacrifice, we also have peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Varied backgrounds, natural antagonisms, old grudges—none of it matters to those who have been born again. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[g] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Ephesians 2:14-16 emphasizes the reconciliation that God has established between Jews and Gentiles: “For he himself is our peace . . . that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said, and He should know (Matthew 5:9). Jesus made a way to exchange our sinful, broken lives for forgiven, connected lives. He replaced the enmity with intimacy. Just as Hosea pursued his unfaithful wife and restored her to a proper relationship (Hosea 3), God has pursued us and sought reconciliation. “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:4). Written by