In the last article we discussed “atonement” which resolves the great gulf of alienation between Holy God and wicked man. Another often used English word for “atonement” is “reconciliation.” God says, through the Apostle Paul, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10). Not only did Christ die, but He rose again and oversees the “reconciliation” for which He paid such an incredible price.
Have you been “reconciled” to God by Christ’s death? If so, you are “In Christ.” Those that have been “reconciled” to God will have a new nature which loves Him. God says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 9:17). In contrast, God speaks eternal judgment on those whose hearts have not been made “new” in this manner. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha” 1 Corinthians 16:22. The word “anathema” literally means “accursed.” If you have been reconciled to God you will love the Lord Jesus Christ. If you love the Lord Jesus Christ, you will want to do what He says. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
Are you courageous enough to take a very short test? Those who pass need more testing. Those who fail can conclude, immediately, that they have not yet been reconciled to God. Here it is. Get a Bible and examine whether or not your mind set is at variance with God’s mind set revealed in the following two Bible passages: Exodus 20:14 and Leviticus 20:13.
Is your heart reconciled to God’s on these two issues? If so, keep on testing yourself. There may still be other areas of variance between you and the Lord. The only way to find out is to study the Bible for yourself. If you don’t want to, you just failed another test!
Have you been reconciled to god?
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