The Road to Reconciliation is a quick and easy way to not only reinforce believer’s faith but also helps believers share their faith. Travelers who embark on a new journey usually require a map to help navigate them through unfamiliar territory. The Bible also gives us a roadmap to navigate us throughout our Christian experience. Let’s take a quick journey on the Road to Reconciliation. Reconcile – (defined) to bring into agreement of harmony, to re-consecrate. Humanity was separated from God due to Adam’s disobedience (Romans 5:12 & 19).
Humanity’s disobedience prevented us from connecting with God because of our sinful nature. In order for humanity to reconcile with God we needed the perfect vehicle or sacrifice which is Jesus Christ. I John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
All of humanity have sinned. As we entered into the world through natural birth, we were born in sin. Therefore humanity needed someone to assist us in establishing the connection to God.
Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Here we see the love and mercy of God in action. Because God is holy and righteous, an ordinary sacrifice would not suffice. Therefore Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, became the Lamb offered as the sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The penalty for sin is death. In order to escape this penalty, humanity must accept the Gift of God. That gift is Jesus Christ who is Lord and Savior to the world. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Romans 10:9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For out of the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
The last stop of the roadmap is the confession that Jesus is the Son of God. When humanity reaches this stop it establishes the connection to God. The confession is personal and requires involvement by the individual. Humanity must confess and believe in order to come into proper fellowship with God. After that it is required of humanity to live according to the word of God; II Corinthians 5:17 - 18, “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away and behold all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply the Good News about our Lord and Savior. The Good News contains promises that are given to every believer. The book of Romans gives us a detailed roadmap and explains why humanity needs to restore their connection with God.
The connection/relationship between God and humanity is done solely through God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ. In fact the Gospel according to John 14:6 spells out exactly how humanity gets to God, the Creator; “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
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