John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 



September, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Made Friends Again!”

There is a general sense of understanding sin in most people; however, it is often difficult for many to wrap their head around the idea that they are primarily good (based on a general moral compass of right and wrong); yet sinful. Because of this misunderstanding, many feel contented not to explore or enhance their comprehension any further. They seem to simply want to trust their gut, as it were, that they are friends with God.

Here is the problem! All sin is against God. It is against God by the very nature that sin is falling short of what God, as our Creator, has given us for righteousness (to be right with Him). God has, as our Creator established our purpose:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.”

In our walk in this life, whether we think we are good or not, if we are not seeking God (which covers ignorance as an excuse), or seeking to obey what God has given us; we are sinful. Sin is lawlessness!

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

Now scripture tells us that all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God as our Creator and the pure source of righteousness.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Now; to know this, is to know that an individual’s relationship with God is not determined by a personal feeling of good and bad, but on a revealed righteousness with the expectation that we know it and obey it. This brings us to the very important topic of reconciliation. Reconciliation simply means, “To be made friends again!” God has never been able to be friends with those who willingly neglect His righteousness.

Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.”

So, since sin separates us from God, and all of us have sinned, how do we become friends with God again? The simple answer is to obey His commands. The Bible is a big book, and has a great deal of teaching to learn, where does one start?

How does one know the difference between the Old and the New Testaments? Which one should the effort be put into to know the righteousness of God that makes us friends again?

The Apostle Paul clearly states that he, and all the Apostles of Jesus Christ, and all those who in the beginning taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead – Romans 1:1-6), have been given the Ministry of Reconciliation!

The righteousness of God that makes us friends with God again through the removal of the sin that separates and allows obedience to the faith (singular).

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

This note concerning the friendship of reconciliation in Christ was written to Christians. They had already established a friendship with God through Jesus Christ; so, to them it is given for maintenance of the friendship established, but it brings us to a starting point to understand God’s wisdom in the reconciliation process. Paul gave the sole credit to friendship with God to one source – the Gospel of Jesus Christ (good news about reconciliation).

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.””

The Gospel of Jesus as the Christ (Anointed of God) is what Paul states to these Christians in Corinth, as to what has allowed them to be begotten to God.

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.”

This good news was commissioned to be preached to the entire world (a universal method for all men to be friends with God without favoritism to any special group), and effectively comes in two parts; for conversion, and then doctrine.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Verse 19 establishes the conversion portion of the Gospel of reconciliation, Verse 20 establishes the doctrinal portion. We see this preached in the beginning by the commissioned Apostles of Jesus Christ.

Conversion –

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

Doctrine –

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Did you notice the two factors necessary for the establishment of our friendship with God? Removal of sins and maintenance of righteousness! This is God’s plan for the reconciliation of men! You may hear it differently from someone, but it is not what is read in God’s revelation through Jesus Christ concerning the process. Don’t be fooled, or complacent about something that needs your complete attention and investigation. You need to know for yourself what God would have you to know about friendship with Him.

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