अक्टूबर 14, 2012

On the word ‘Reconcile’

Filed under: मुक्ति और उद्धार,God, Jesus, Spirit, life,Intermediate — the3rdone @ 12:11 अपराह्न

Reconciled is katalasso, “to change, exchange,” hence to reconcile those in variance. The verb means primarily to exchange, and hence to change the relation of hostile parties into a relation of peace. It is used of both mutual and onesided enmity.
In the Christian sense, the change in the relation of God and man effected through Christ. This involves

  1. a movement of God toward man with a view to break down man’s hostility, to commend God’s love and holiness to him, and to convince him of the enormity and the consequence of sin. It is God who initiates this movement in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Ro. 5:6, 8; II Cor. 5:18, 19; Eph. 1:6; I John 4:19). Hence the passive form of the verb here: we were made subjects of God’s reconciling act.
  2. a corresponding movement on man’s part toward God; yielding to the appeal of Christ’s self-sacrificing love, laying aside his enmity, renouncing his sin, and turning to God in faith and obedience.
  3. a consequent change of character in man: the covering, forgiving, cleansing of his sin; a thorough revolution in all his dispositions and principles.
  4. a corresponding change of relation on God’s part, that being removed which alone rendered Him hostile to man, so that God can now receive him into fellowship and let loose upon him all His fatherly love and grace (1 Jn 1:3, 7).

Thus there is complete reconciliation.


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