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Reconciliation

Reconciliation

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Published by HaMoreh Ministries
A synopsis of the human story, and how God has brought about a loving mandate to reconcile at all levels and in all ways.
A synopsis of the human story, and how God has brought about a loving mandate to reconcile at all levels and in all ways.

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Published by: HaMoreh Ministries on Feb 15, 2011
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RECONCILIATION:
METAPHOR, MANDATE … AND MEANING
A Synopsis of Our Story:Creation
In creating, God displays beautiful harmony, wholeness,
םולש …
each person could delight in and addto the other. Genesis 1:27 - Humankind created “in his own image” … relating to (1) God, (2) humanity, (3) all of nature.Genesis 1:31 - “very good”
The Fall
Genesis 3:9 - sin had radically broken all relationships … separation, disintegration results.
People Scattered 
Genesis 11 - God’s punishment included His scattering people groups.
Promise
Genesis 12:3 - all people groups to be blessed through Abram as God reconciles, reintegrates His creation.From here forward, God reconciling His creation through His elect, by involving humankind.  These particularpeople were to:
a.
display what reconciliation looks like.
b.
be agent’s of God’s reconciling work to the rest of creation.But, Israel, God’s elect, pirated her privilege as a vessel of God’s reconciling love - equating election withethnicity.  God’s chosen people chose to become racist, religious, nationalists enemies of God anddemonizers of other people.
 
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God Speaks, and Speaks, and Speaks
Amos 4:1-3; 5:7, 10-12, 24Hosea 12:6Isaiah 1:16-17Jeremiah 5:1Zephaniah 2:3, 6-7Micah 2:2; 3:1-3; 6:8, 10-12Jonah 4:2-3Malachi 2:16-7; 3:5
God Promises Some More
God will fix everything … by involving humankind, particularly those reconciled to Him - in a new way.Isaiah 11:1-9; 52:13 - 53:12Jeremiah 31:31-3Ezra 11:19
God Comes and Fixes Everything
God comes to all of His creation reconciling (1) humans to God, (2) humans to humans, (3) humans to nature …by involving humankind, particularly God’s image bearers reconciled to Him “in Christ” (i.e., those no longer“in Adam”).Luke 4:18-9 - the “gospel” i.e., “the good news” of the kingdom of God.Jesus’ life on earth and His teachings accentuate the excluded - the broken - those people that most needreconciliation.  Jesus prefers to relate to prostitutes, tax collectors, centurions, and the “ethnically incorrect.”Jesus undermines social and racial exclusionary practices with unconditional love and embrace.  In His death,resurrection, and ascension, reconciliation is accomplished.The “gospel” - Jesus reconciles all brokenness, reversing patterns of human exclusion with His embrace - seenfinally in His death, resurrection, and ascension.
Jesus’ Summary
Jesus invites all humanity into His kingdom, summing up the story to-date:Luke 10:27-8 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strengthand with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself….  Do this and you will live.”Matthew 7:12 - “So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you; for this sums up the Lawand the Prophets.”
 
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God Speaks, and Speaks, and Speaks
E.g., 1 John.Source of reconciliation: 1 John 3:1Seen in:  1 John 1:3-7; 2:3-6, 9-11, 29; 3:6-11, 14-18, 21-24; 4:7-8, 11-12, 19-21; 5:2
A Real Problem
Yet, it is still “appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sundaymorning.”  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)Only ca. 8 % of Christian congregations in the U.S. are racially mixed to a significant degree (Protestantcongregations being the least mixed).  (Michael Emerson)Like our Israelite ancestors, American Christians have pirated our privilege as vessels of God’s reconcilingpower.  God’s chosen people have chosen to become racist, nationalistic, individualists … enemies of God anddemonizers of other people.
Real Reflection on Racism
Has Christ accomplished racial reconciliation?  Has God come and fixed racism?Ephesians 1:19-23 - Yes, “in His people” (v. 18) … “the church” (v. 22).God’s victory over racism is accomplished and demonstrated in “the gospel” i.e., “the good news” of God (2aspects of one inseparable, reconciling work):
a.
Reconciling humanity to God - Ephesians 2:1-10.  Reconciliation being experienced in God makingspiritually dead people alive - uniting people to God “in the life of Christ” to do good works….
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Reconciling alienated human groups - Ephesians 2:11-22.  Reconciliation being experienced in Goduniting human groups into one body “in Christ” (Christ took racial division and hatred upon Himself andHe killed it in His death).So, being “in Christ” is to be actively enjoying who we are according to God - a new, reconciled humanity -members of one body, “the church,” without ethnic or social boundaries, existing “in Christ, by the Spirit,”seeking to unite other people.Now, people “in Christ” have become “the gospel” - “the good news.” 

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