“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” – Romans 5:10
If you are a believer and you are “in Christ,” then Paul says… you’re BLESSED… you’re CALLED… you’re SAVED… and you are RECONCILED. Over the last three days, we have talked about those first three things and the responsibility they bear on our lives.
Today, I want to turn to the last idea of being “in Christ,” and that is that you are RECONCILED. That word, “reconciled,” means to “restore friendly relations between.” See, when you sin, you have broken the friendly relations between you and God.
You cannot live a life both in sin and in Christ. Before we are believers, we are often living a life filled with sin. We do what we want when we want. But once you give your life to Christ, all that changes.
First, He forgives your sins. He wipes them clean. It is as if you have never sinned. You get a fresh start with God. But He doesn’t stop there. He saves you from the gates of hell. Now, instead of spending eternity burning in the lake of fire, you will spend it in heaven with Him.
But that is STILL not all. He also reconciles your relationship with Him. He restores your friendship. God wants to have a personal relationship with you. Many people have a misconception of who God really is. They think of Him as some harsh judge way up in the clouds just waiting to rain down punishment on His people.
But that could not be further from the truth. Yes, there are consequences for our actions. But God is not some cold judge far away. He is a personal God who wants to be with you every moment of your life.
When God is in your life, your life will be better. It is that simple. But a life in sin is a life isolated from Christ. When you are “in Christ,” you open yourself up to the blessings of God. You will be called for a greater purpose. You will be saved from hell and reconciled into a greater relationship with Him!