Sep18SunSeptember 18, 2016
“Therefore if any person is [ingrated] in Christ, he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come! (v.18) But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave us to the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. (2 Cor. 5:17-18)
According to the Strong’s concordance, the word “reconciliation” means “restoration of divine favor, atonement, reconciling”.
As the story of the prodigal son, the younger son demanded his portion of the estate he didn’t want to wait for the death of his father. In making this request he not only disrespected the authority of the house but he was proud and arrogant, he thought he knew more than he did; however, his father obliged and gave his son his portion of the estate. He left home and lived lavishly, not soon thereafter he wasted all his portion of the estate and was in want, in our terms—BROKE. While working as a pauper (a very poor person), he compared himself to the servants of his father and while pondering on his life, he came to his senses and said, “I WILL GO BACK HOME AND ASK FOR THE LOWEST POSITION IN THE HOUSE.” He made a decision of how things might be at home, first, based upon how he left home; second, his current condition—POOR AND DESTITUTE. Before we can be “reconciled” or be “restored back to divine favor”, be restored back to God, be restored back into our right relationship with God we have to come back to our senses, we have to recognize our current state and acknowledge that without God we are paupers, without God we are nothing, without God we are lost. The son while feeling remorseful decided he’s going to request the lowest position while all along the father wants to give him the best. When his father saw him afar off, he ran to meet and welcomed him home; heard his confession and forgave him, placed the best robe on him, put a ring on his hand, placed sandals on his feet and joyously celebrated his return home—love was demonstrated in the garments and the feast. The ring and sandals were the marks of a free man where DIGNITY AND HONOR WAS RESTORED. HE WAS RESTORED BACK TO HIS ORIGINAL POSITION, BACK TO DIVINE FAVOR, BACK TO HIS RIGHTFUL POSITION IN THE HOUSE!
IF you have strayed from the Father by committing a disobedient act/sin, a disobedient act/sin is going against the will of God, going against the word of God, come to your senses, acknowledge that you’re in the wrong, repent and turn, have a change of heart and mind and come back to the Father and BE RESTORED BACK TO DIVINE FAVOR. God loves you, the Father loves you.