THE DOCTRINE OF RECONCILIATION
(Lesson 16 on Bible Doctrines)
"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation" (II Cor.5:18,19).
"And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" (Col.1:20).
Definition: The word reconciliation as it is used in the Bible means "to cause to conform to a standard, to be adjusted to a specified standard." Therefore, man needs to be reconciled to God; God does not need to be reconciled. God does not need to conform to any accepted norm – God is propitiated, and the sinner is reconciled.
Pastor James Barker