Reconciliation and Adoption
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoptions of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son then an heir of God through Christ – Galatians 4:5-7.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ. Not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.
Our sin have estranged us from God and has brought spiritual death, which means a disconnection from God’s Spirit. Reconciliation is the act of bringing together two people who have been separated or divided. It is what God has done for us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In the greatness of His love and mercy, God took the initiative while we were still His enemies and paid the price for our sins. Because of the cross, God has reopened the door for us to enter into a relationship with Him.
The goal of salvation is the reconciliation of people to God through His Son, Jesus. Reconciliation goes beyond our relationship with God, but it also extends to our relationship with others. With those who are still estranged from God, we become ambassadors of Jesus Christ, with great news to share with the lost. Reconciliation breaks down the walls that would separate because of ethnicity, economic background, culture, age, and gender.
Receiving salvation is reconciling us to the Father and brings us into the family of God which brings about adoption. As adopted children, our intimacy and closeness to God reaches a new level of spirituality. Jesus referred to the Father as Abba (And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt – Mark 14:36). Because we are now children of God, we too can call on God as our Father and accept Him as a warm and caring parent.
There will be times, we will be recipients of our Father’s discipline, but we can be encouraged in knowing that it is from a caring heart for our growth to spiritual maturity. His loving fatherly discipline has replaced punishing wrath. It is God’s desire that no man perish, so He sent His Son to die for our sin, we have been reconciled to the Father, through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son. Jesus shed His blood for us, He died for us so that we might live and have fellowship with the Father.