RECONCILIATION IS FOUNDATIONAL TO GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY

Colossians 1:21-22

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 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, (ESV)

21–22 Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected you back to himself. He released his supernatural peace to you through the sacrifice of his own body as the sin-payment on your behalf so that you would dwell in his presence. And now there is nothing between you and Father God, for he sees you as holy, flawless, and restored, (TPT)

Reconciliation is different than forgiveness. Reconciliation involves 2 people. Forgiveness can be one-sided.

KATALLASSO means to change mutually and KATALLAGE means restoration to divine favor (atonement)

APOKATALLASSO means to reconcile completely

Matthew 5:10-11 ESV 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled (katallasso) to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation (katallage).

Matthew 5:10 TPT So if while we were still enemies, God fully reconciled us to himself through the death of his Son, then something greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, and because we share in his resurrection life, how much more we will be rescued from sin’s dominion! 11 And even more than that, we overflow with triumphant joy in our new relationship of living in harmony with God—all because of Jesus Christ!

Two parts to reconciliation. All of it requires humility, faith and trust.

James 4:6 TPT  6 But he continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.”

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We couldn’t even eat hash with safety. ~Josh Billings, His Complete Works, 1888

Proverbs 3: 5-6 TPT Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. 6 Become intimate with him in whatever you do,  and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all,