Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with God; each other!

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“We im­plore you on Christ’s be­half: be rec­on­ciled to God.” 2 Cor 5:20

“There is nei­ther Jew nor Gen­tile, nei­ther slave nor free, nor is there male and fe­male, for you are all one in Christ Je­sus.” Gala­tians 3:28

Hu­man­ity’s great­est need is to be rec­on­ciled to God. What does rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with God mean? Why is there even a need to be rec­on­ciled to Him? The Bible is clear that our sin has alien­ated us from God: that man is born into sin and that our re­la­tion­ship with God was bro­ken.

With­out be­ing rec­on­ciled to God we are lost and have no true peace.

The baby in the manger, for whom there was no room in the inn, is our only hope, for the Scrip­tures make it clear that rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with God is only pos­si­ble through faith in Christ Je­sus: “All this is from God, who rec­on­ciled us to Him­self through Christ…”

In Je­sus, we are not only rec­on­ciled to God but to each other. We be­come one body in Him.

Christ, our peace, broke down the wall of hos­til­ity that sep­a­rated the Jews and Gen­tiles and made us one. And this is the beauty of the Gospel: that in Christ we are all one, no mat­ter the colour of our skin, our na­tion­al­ity, or our eco­nomic sta­tus. In Christ, there is no place for racism or dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause of our unity in Him.

All of the above is pos­si­ble only through our Lord Je­sus who left heaven to come to earth in form of a man, hum­bling Him­self unto death, even death on a cross, so that we might be for­given and brought near to God and be­come one body. Gino Nel, The Bowker Street Bap­tist Church

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